Thank You for Attending TDPM 2021

We’d like to thank everyone who came out, spoke and supported us for our two virtual marched in 2020 and 2021. COVID-19 has definitely highlighted some of the challenges disabled people are facing, and it is really helpful to come together as a community.

We’re looking forward to coming together on the streets of Toronto in September 2022.

In the meantime, if you would like to connect with the Toronto Disability Pride March community, you can find us on our Facebook Group or Facebook Page.

Here are some other grassroots organizations doing amazing work:

ODSP Action Coalition

People First Ontario

Disability Justice Network Ontario

ERDCO (Ethno-Racial Disability Coalition Ontario)

Indigenous Disability Canada (IDC)

TDPM 2020 Update

Hi everyone, Melissa here. A couple of months ago TDPM made the decision to hold this year’s march online on Saturday, September 19th. Although things seem to be opening up, keeping the march online this year still seems like the safest and most inclusive approach.
We’ve been asked a couple of times why the march does not take place on Disability Pride Day in July. I’d like to take a moment to address that, because I think it speaks to an important part of what TDPM stands for. Disability Pride Day was started in the United States as a celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a history of parades that followed its passing.
Perhaps it’s a worthy discussion whether there is some solidarity to be found in this celebration, but here are my thoughts. TDPM started out of the Occupy Movement, in direct contrast to the idea that government will save us out of the goodness of their hearts. In 2020, when disabled people are losing their lives to police violence and state neglect, this perspective seems critically important.
With that in mind, it also seems important that the voices we hear from be the voices most directly impacted by these issues. In other words, I’m asking any potential speaker who identifies as white, including myself, to step back and listen this year.
At the same time I recognize that those same voices do not have a responsibility to teach white people.
My question to the community is this, what do we need to say this year?If you’re interested in speaking, please contact me.

“Employment, employment, employment” and Ableism

Sit Down, Fight Back

I’m going to get right to the point here. An increased minimum wage is not harming disabled people. It is however doing a great job at highlighting the ableist and saneist bias that continues to exist within employment in Ontario and social services.

When Bill 148 was still being debate, there were some who used disabled people to make a shameful and disgusting argument against raising the minimum wage, because they felt that employers would not want to pay a disabled person $14 or $15 per hour. Mark Farber is one such person.

People in the disability community might remember Farber. He received a number of accolades and significant publicity for hiring people with disabilities at his business (which just happened to be a Tim Hortons franchise). He now works as a public speaker encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. He just doesn’t think they’re worth the new minimum…

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Thank you for a great #TDPM2016!

Thank you to all of the marchers, speakers, and volunteers who supported us this year! We’re taking a break over the winter, but we’ll be right back to organizing for TDPM 2017 this spring.

You can still find us on Facebook and Twitter @DisabilityPM for updates on the Toronto disability community.

The latest: Silent No More: Ottawa consults on national disability act, demonstrations for disability justice remain strong from The Leveller.

Please stay in touch, we’re still here. Stay Loud! Stay Proud!

Wheelchairs are Not Suitcases: a great opportunity for some #RealChange

Sit Down, Fight Back

Sign the Petition.

Every time I fly I make a silent apology to my wheelchair. I leave the chair at the gate, fingers crossed, as I’m transported to the cushy seat on the plain with a small screen in front to distract me from what’s happening to my wheelchair in the cargo hold.

For my wheelchair this journey will be far more hazardous. Once it leaves my sight, this machine that provides me with daily independence, freedom, and mobility, gets thrown on the carts and on to the loading machines with the similar respect that passengers suitcases would expect.

Imagine watching you 600 pound chair get tossed on its side and just hoping your chair isn’t melted, broken, or taken apart by the time you reach your destination. Yes, these things actually happen to people.

I’ve looked up the standards and regulations, it turns out Transport Canada is really concerned about

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TDPM supports the Accessible Canada for All Campaign

Thursday December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is also the day before Prime Minister Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

That is why on December 3rd we’re asking all of you to show our new Prime Minister and his Cabinet what an Accessible Canada for all looks like.

  • The need for accessible, affordable housing.
  • Protection of the rights of parents with disabilities.
  • Accessibility in healthcare, including Indigenous Peoples and refugees.
  • Police training in effectively and sensitively working with disabled people.
  • Distribution of Health and Social transfers to address the inequities in the systemic barriers that exist between provinces and territories.

Using the hashtag #AccessibleCanada4All please take to social media and remind them that real change is not a continuation of the status quo, where only the most advantaged of us move forward.

This is our time. Let’s make it count.

Please share the #AccessibleCanada4All campaign with your networks.

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Thank you for an amazing march!

Thank you for joining us for the 5th annual Toronto Disability Pride March on October 3, 2015.  There are so many thanks to give and so much to share. Roughly 100 people braved the cold to march this year!

We have so much to share about this and our upcoming projects, but until then you can check out the speeches from this year’s speakers, this interview, and photo essay.

Keep in touch there’s more to come!

Marchers from the 2015 march

Banner making Party!

In keeping with the tradition, you are invited again this year to join us for a DIY Banner making Party.


99 Gerrard Street East –  Board Room(5th. Floor)

Ryerson University – School of Disability Studies


Saturday, September 19, 2015  from 2:00 to 6:00 pm

What do I bring?  

Your enthusiasm; your creative spirit; your friends and allies.

Whatever material you would like to contribute for the banner making.

The details of the march:

Like the previous year, the march will begin at Queen’s Park at 1:00 and end at Ryerson’s School of Disability, 99 Gerrard Street East, where the marchers will take a moment to hear concluding speeches and to celebrate in solidarity.

The Toronto Disability Pride March promotes a cross-disability atmosphere that also recognizes other forms of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality, age, etc. The organizers believe the disability movement is strongest in a harmony of voices, not one homogeneous voice and urge those who plan to attend the march to respect this approach and the other people within the space of the march. The invitation is for all; take it as political or celebratory, either way,  be LOUD be PROUD and come out to march!
TDPM organizers:

Access Awareness: “The Carter decision on physician-assisted suicide event

ARCH Disability Law Centre and The Law Society of Upper Canada are hosting an event for Access Awareness: “The Carter decision on physician-assisted suicide: where do people with disabilities go from here?”

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The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter has raised serious questions about its impact on persons with disabilities — many are concerned that the decision leaves them vulnerable.

Join the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society for a discussion about the Carter decision. The discussion will address what Carter means for persons with disabilities; explore the community’s concerns about the decision; and offer guidance on how community members can ensure that their voices are heard in any legislative process that develops, in order to guarantee that the interests of all persons with disabilities are recognized and protected.

When: June 4, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 pm – Panel Discussion
6:00 – 8:00 pm – Reception

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto
Please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square

This public event is free, but space is limited.

Please note RSVPs are required for this event and are being received by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The invitation provides these details.

For additional information, visit:

To provide the optimal level of accessibility for participants, please let us know in advance of any accommodation requirements. Please do not wear fragrances and colognes.