CIJA is committed to assisting all members of the Jewish disability community in advocating for some issues of greatest concern to them in improving their quality of life. This year, we have joined with Jewish Federations of North America to bring you a broad range of online resources, programs, and events during Jewish Disability Advocacy Month (JDAM).
Throughout February, thought leaders, experts and community leaders will examine the current state of disability rights and explore what actions can be taken to support best inclusion and supportive care practices. JDAM will engage hundreds of organizational partners and thousands of individual participants in virtual workshops, presentations, discussion groups, and networking opportunities, all designed to fight the societal stigma surrounding people with disabilities and promote opportunities for full inclusion in the community.
As the lead Canadian partner for the 2021 JDAM, CIJA will host two events:
Mobilizing Canadians for Inclusion on February 16 at 4:30PM EST: CIJA will welcome the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion for an interactive discussion on Disability Inclusion in Canada and how we can all make our community more inclusive to all.
Community Advocacy Day CIJA will invite community members, advocates, and representatives from across Canada as we discuss with federal elected officials our advocacy priorities, including:
Reforming the Disability Tax Credit so the application process is simpler, less subjective, and more accessible for for individuals and medical professionals.
Ensuring that the Government of Canada dedicates 5% of any funds flowing through the National Housing Strategy for people with developmental disabilities, making it a requirement for provincial housing programs.
Reforming the Canada Caregiver Credit to make it a refundable tax credit, ensuring that all Canadians caring for relatives with a physical or mental impairment are treated equally.