Issue Date: July 2020

Results from the CDPP Annual Survey

Between November 2019 and January 2020, members (n=34) of the CDPP (researchers, trainees, partners) completed a short survey to evaluate the impact of the CDPP network. The majority of the participants (79%) are (highly) satisfied with the way the people and organizations in the CDPP network work together. All participants (researchers and trainees) acknowledged the value of translating CDPP research findings to a non-academic audience. Some researchers and trainees indicated that they feel under social pressure to translate their CDPP research findings to a non-academic audience. The KT Team would like to thank all participants for their time and effort to complete the questionnaire.

Click the infographic for a pdf of the key findings or use this link.

The Abilities Centre and CDPP researchers are conducting a national survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Canadians with disabilities. Results will be shared publicly at the end of July.  For more information or to participate, click the English or French image below:


Two CDPP Employment Team members, Dr. Arif Jetha and Dr. Silvia Bonaccio, contributed to The Conversation Canada, a current events website dedicated to sharing university research with the public. 

Dr. Jetha looks at the effects of the changing landscape of work on vulnerable workers, including employees with disabilities, and at what can be done to ensure no group gets left behind: click the image or go to

Dr. Bonaccio argues that employers are losing out on a largely untapped talent pool by not hiring people living with disabilities, and shows that their concerns about employees with disabilities are unfounded: click the image or go to 

The CDPP Sport and Exercise Team is excited to present a new online resource on the Canadian Physical Activity Guideline for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The physical activity guideline message is translated from the international scientific SCI exercise guidelines using a systematic and community-engaged approach. The supporting evidence-based resource is developed using input from nearly 100 potential end-users (e.g. people with SCI, clinicians, representatives of SCI community organizations).

The resource is available via

Click here for the Open Access scientific paper describing the development process.


Also from the CDPP Sport and Exercise Team, a report detailing the process and outcomes of a stakeholder workshop to establish recommendations for the development and dissemination of physical activity information targeting parents of children with disabilities. This report details the seven evidence-based recommendations established through the collaborative workshop approach.

Click the image for a pdf copy of the report: 

The CDPP Mobility Team is pleased to announce that we obtained a seven-year $2.5M SSHRC Partnership Grant to continue the work that we began as part of CDPP entitled, “Towards Barrier-Free Communities: A Partnership for Improving Mobility, Access and Participation (MAP) Among People with Disabilities.”

Our overarching goal is to support community organizations and municipalities to develop, evaluate, and implement evidence-based interventions to contribute to the development of barrier-free communities. This Partnership focuses on three streams that have been identified as priorities by our stakeholders: 1) navigation and pedestrian environment accessibility, 2) transportation accessibility, and 3) social accessibility (attitudinal and social factors). 

This interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, tri-provincial (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia) Partnership includes 11 university researchers, 14 community/business partners, 10 governmental partners, 3 university/health authority partners, and 10 other collaborators. 

This partnership will address community-driven research questions, and co-create, evaluate, and implement innovative interventions that can inform the development and scaling up of evidenced-based policies and practices to increase mobility, access, and participation for people with disabilities. This collaborative Partnership will provide evidence to support the implementation of novel interventions that can rapidly and effectively be integrated into daily practices, will offer training and development opportunities for students and community partners and, ultimately, will support the development of barrier-free and accessible communities for people with mobility issues.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Funded Partnership