Recognizing those who have opened doors for people with disabilities

The Hall of Fame provides permanent recognition of outstanding Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to enriching the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Founded by the CFPDP, this public exhibit was officially opened February 11, 1994 at Metro Hall, 55 John St., in downtown Toronto. A rededication ceremony was held there on November 20, 1996 when the exhibit moved to a more visible location. It is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nominations to the Hall of Fame come from sources across Canada – community groups, private citizens, associations and organizations of and for people with physical disabilities. Nominees are chosen each year by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Board in the category of Builder, Achiever or Athlete. The inductees are individuals who truly have made a difference – those who have opened doors for people with disabilities in the areas of sports, education, employment or housing.

Twenty Fifth Annual Hall of Fame Induction

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall
Guest Speaker: TBA
11:45 am - Reception 12 noon - Lunch

Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees 

James G. Kyte
James G. KyteAthlete
Born in 1964, Jim was the first legally deaf player to suit up in the National Hockey League. Wearing a hearing aid and a specially designed helmet, he played 598 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks, before a car auto accident forced him into retirement at age 33. Subsequently, he shifted his focus to academics and currently serves as the Dean of the school of hospitality and tourism at Algonquin College in Ottawa. A sought-after motivational speaker, he promotes a message of inclusion and accessibility. Jim started a hockey school for the hearing impaired and is a co-founder of the Canadian Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.
Alvin Law
Alvin LawAchiever
A thalidomide survivor, Alvin was born in 1960 without arms and soon abandoned by his birth parents, but with the support of his loving foster parents, he learned to use his feet for hands and has never looked back. Attending a regular school, he discovered his musical ability and joined the school band, playing trombone, drums and piano. Alvin went on to work in broadcasting, advertising and the civil service, served as a UN spokesperson — and even ran for public office — before, in 1988, focusing his energies on motivational speaking. For years, Alvin was a mainstay on the annual telethon Telemiracle, and he has helped raise over $175,000,000 for charities, mostly one that support disabled kids.
Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney
Rt. Hon. Brian MulroneyBuilder
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney is known to be a man of heart, always ready to reach out to those in need. As Canada’s Prime Minister from 1984 to 1993, he used the power of the office on multiple occasions to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. Perhaps his most important contribution was appointing the first Minister Responsible for Disabled Persons, which ensured there was an advocate for the disabled at every decision-making meeting. His government also created the Disabled Persons’ Participation Program, which substantially increased support for consumer organizations involved with disabled people, and it added a provision to broaden the availability of disability-related deductions for income tax purposes.
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Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2018 Photos  

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Canadian Disability Hall of Fame 2011 video


Her Excellency
the Right Honourable
Julie Payette
Governor General
and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
OC, OOnt
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Honorary Patrons

The Honourable
Hal Jackman,
Former Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario

The Honourable
David C. Onley,
Former Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario



The Honourable David Crombie

Founding Chair

The Honourable Vim Kochhar

Hall of Fame Selection Board

Cindy Accardi, Program Analyst
Ministry of Community and Social Services

The Hon. Con Di Nino
Former Senator

John Downing, Former Editor
Toronto Sun

Dr. Arlette Lefebvre, Psychiatrist
The Hospital for Sick Children

Debbie Low, CEO
Canadian Sports Institute Ontario

Dr. Jamie MacDougall, Psychologist
Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf

Janice Martin
Former Disability Consultant, Ministry of
Training, Colleges & Universities

Joanne Smith
Fruitful Elements

Jeff Tiessen, President
Disability Today Publishing Group

Mark Wafer, President
Megleen Inc.