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It’s time

to end stigma
for young Canadians
with disabilities.
So we’re putting it
all out there.

STIGMA AND DISABILITY

Stigma

Definition

A set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something.

(Merriam-Webster)
Mathias

Why it matters

"The minute we judge and tell someone they cannot do something because they are disabled, we disempower them."

- Mathias, Holland Bloorview youth advisory council member, age 22
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FRIENDSHIP

53
%
of kids who have disabilities have zero or only one close friend.
Gavi

"Sometimes when I’m at the park kids stare at me. They think I need more help than I actually do."

- Gavi, Holland Bloorview client, age 6
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EDUCATION

Children and youth with disabilities report high rates
27-64%
of being avoided or excluded at school.
Jadine

"When people see me, they just see a chair and don’t realize that I have a brain and can say things and have feelings."

- Jadine, Holland Bloorview client, age 17
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EMPLOYMENT

1/3
of people with disabilities in the labour market say they’ve been denied a job because of their disability.
Sageth

"Having a job means I can be independent and fulfill my dreams on my own terms."

- Sageth, Holland Bloorview employment program participant, age 21
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HEALTH CARE

Access to care and outcomes can vary greatly, depending on where kids with disabilities and their families live and the specific providers responsible for their care.
Wesley and Suzanne

"No one should generalize that because a person such as my son can't move or speak and uses a wheelchair and has caregivers... that it doesn't mean he doesn't want to enjoy his life and be part of something."

- Suzanne, mother of Holland Bloorview client Wesley
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THE WAY FORWARD: INCLUSION

"Working to counteract stigma involves more than simply not bullying or not directly treating someone badly. It's active, not passive. People need to make an effort to actually create inclusive and welcoming environments."

- Dr. Sally Lindsay, senior scientist at Holland Bloorview’s research institute.
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