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Five handicapped Jewish prisoners, photographed for propaganda purposes, who arrived in Buchenwald after Kristallnacht. Holocaust Memorial Museum/Photograph #13132

Disabled people were Holocaust victims, too: they were excluded from German society and murdered by Nazi programs

In 2023, International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks 90 years since the Nazis assumed power. Disabled people were the first Holocaust victims; Nazi programs discriminated against and murdered them.
In 2009, 150 of the 180 residents of the care facility in Ellignies-Sainte-Anne were French. At the time, approximately 6,500 French citizens living with disabilities were in Belgian institutions due to the lack of appropriate structures in France. The figure has since grown to 8,500, a jump of more than 30%. Philippe Huguen/AFP

When universal health care falls short, French people with disabilities move to Belgium

It is estimated that more than 8,000 French citizens with disabilities currently live in Belgium. For many parents, placing their children in foreign institutions is not so much a choice as the only alternative they have.
A study found disability counsellors made substantial contributions to faculty members’ efforts to redesign their courses. (Shutterstock)

How to make post-secondary study more accessible? Collaboration between instructors and disability counsellors

Pairing disability counsellors with post-secondary instructors to help them design classes is one way colleges and universities can improve their efforts to support students with disabilities.
Even though chronic pain is recognized by scientists as a disease in its own right, it remains largely under-recognized, under-diagnosed and, above all, subject to many prejudices. (Shutterstock)

Chronic pain: An invisible disease whose sufferers are unfairly stigmatized

Although chronic pain is recognized by scientists as a disease in its own right, it remains largely under-recognized, under-diagnosed and, above all, associated with numerous prejudices.
The planned expansion of Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) law to include people with mental illnesses whose death is not imminent has been delayed, but not cancelled. (Shutterstock)

Canada delays expanding medical assistance in dying to include mental illness, but it’s still a policy built on quicksand

Canada’s planned expansion of MAID to mental illness is based on ignorance — if not outright disregard — of fundamental suicide prevention principles.
The cost of assessment prevents some students, who self-identify as having a disability, from pursuing an assessment and diagnosis that would allow them to claim formal accommodations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

How accessibility for disabled university students can benefit all students

A survey of disabled students found that some university accommodations they value became more widespread in the pandemic, like flexible course deadlines.
Universities must be the space where meaningful engagement with alternative ways of knowing and generating knowledge can take place. (Shutterstock)

To solve society’s challenges, universities must engage with alternative ways of knowing

Through the Scarborough Charter, many Canadian universities committed to fostering alternative ways of knowing. But more must be done to realize that commitment.

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