An interview with Gary Malkowski, the Vice President at the Canadian Hearing Society.
The federal and provincial governments strive to protect the rights of those with disabilities in Canada. Yet, to this day, there is no comprehensive Canada-wide legislation regarding disabilities. There are, however, federal statutes, provincial acts and codes and Supreme Court decisions designed to protect disability rights.
We started Outrun the Stigma in 2013 because we noticed that most run/walk events in Calgary and across Canada, raised awareness about physical health issues (e.g. cancer, diabetes, MS) but rarely raised awareness about mental health and illness. We think that run/walk events are an incredible way to raise awareness, bring community together,
Mental health has long been recognized as a fundamental aspect of one’s health, however under our current health regime the majority of mental health services do not meet the eligibility requirement of “medically necessary.”
The federal government has initiated action on the nation’s first accessibility legislation. This legislation hopes to promote the equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.