News & Articles

Our blog features contributions from partners in the movement for social connectedness as well as youth leaders committed to community building and international development.

The Harmful Invisibility of People with Albinism

By Carmella Munyuzangabo, Social Connectedness Fellow
Worldwide, people with albinism are ostracized and often have limited social and medical support. By creating dialogue and raising awareness on albinism, we can change the mainstream narrative that dehumanizes people with this condition.

How to NOT Lose the Human Touch

By Anica Lanzi, Social Connectedness Fellow
From artificial intelligence to the Drone Age, we need to consider ethics and rights when advancing technology.

We are #PeopleNotPunchlines

Comedian Tom Segura is right, his Netflix special is “Disgraceful.” It shows that ending discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities is no laughing matter. 

Jinwar, “Land of Women”: Healing Traumas of War by Living a Communal Life

By Céline de Richoufftz, Social Connectedness Fellow
Learn about Jinwar, a sanctuary where women can heal and recover from the traumas of a war that has devastated their lands and lives.

Neurodiversity: the Last Piece of the Puzzle of Human Diversity

By MJ Gauthier, Social Connectedness Fellow
In this piece, MJ Gauthier reflects on the importance and benefits of celebrating a society’s neurodiversity.

ICLEI World Congress: A Network of Cities and Regions for Tomorrow’s Generation?

By Valériane Buslot, Morgane Ollier and Geneviève Westgate, Social Connectedness Fellows
At the 2018 ICLEI World Congress, international municipal leaders gathered to discuss local-level solutions to complex global climate challenges.

Asylum-seekers and Refugees with ID in Europe (Easy-to-read-version)

By Amy Luce, Social Connectedness Fellow
In this easy-to-read version, learn about the plight of migrants with intellectual disabilities, the programs that are helping them to build belonging, and how you can be an agent of positive change.

Asylum-seekers and Refugees with Intellectual Disabilities in Europe

By Amy Luce, Social Connectedness Fellow
Learn about the plight of migrants with intellectual disabilities, the programs that are helping them to build belonging, and how you can be an agent of positive change.

Proud to Love: Fostering Connectedness Amongst LGBTQ Youth

By Dean Velentzas, Social Connectedness Fellow
As June 1st marked Toronto’s annual LGBTQ pride month, now is the perfect time for Canadians to re-examine the importance of LGBTQ students’ safety in schools.