This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Let’s Remember our Rights

In 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  (CRPD). This historic document recognized specific ways that disabled people are often left out of society such as Access to Justice (Article 13), Living independently and being included in the community (Article 19), Education (Article 24), Adequate standard … Continue reading This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Let’s Remember our Rights

People with Disabilities March and Roll on the Streets of Toronto

On October 13th, 2012 the disability community once again made their voices heard on the streets of Toronto. They marched with a goal to bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism and other forms of oppression, but they also marched to celebrate and take pride in … Continue reading People with Disabilities March and Roll on the Streets of Toronto

Upcoming Event on the Experiences of Newcomers and Ethno-racial People with Disabilities

Ethno-racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario ERDCO Research Event Thursday March 29, 2012 4:30 - 7:00 PM Ryerson University, 99 Gerrard St. East, Room SHE 560 This event will highlight some of the research that has been completed by ERDCO Staff, Volunteers and Board Members. Research topics include: Successful immigrants with disabilities: Challenging the … Continue reading Upcoming Event on the Experiences of Newcomers and Ethno-racial People with Disabilities

Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! Conference

When: March 16th, 6pm until March 18th, 6pm Where: Ryerson University Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario  http://www.facebook.com/events/261933367190315/ Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! is a collaborative space for communities to come together, learn, network, and develop skills. We acknowledge that people with disabilities have a diverse range of experiences. However, one experience … Continue reading Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! Conference

“Disabling Failure: Sex, Embodiment, and Crip Critique” Event in Waterloo

When: March 1st, 4:30 Where: University of Waterloo, venue to be determined On Thursday March 1st, distinguished scholars Morgan Holmes and Robert McRuer will collaborate to deliver a talk and facilitate a discussion on the theme of "Disabling Failure: Sex, Embodiment, and Crip Critique." Dr. McRuer is Professor of English at George Washington University. His … Continue reading “Disabling Failure: Sex, Embodiment, and Crip Critique” Event in Waterloo

Why Students with Disabilities should Support the National Day of Action

The Canadian Federation of Students national day of action is coming up Wednesday February 1, that's right TODAY! Now more than ever it is important that students with disabilities show their numbers and advance the fight for accessible education in Ontario and around the country. This type of Canada-wide student day of action doesn't happen … Continue reading Why Students with Disabilities should Support the National Day of Action

Reflections on International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011

  IDPD 2011 has come and gone, but our struggles and resolve remain as ever. Here in Toronto, the day was celebrated with a gathering at city hall. Where people with disabilities gathered despite the cold to share their stories. Though the day was not without it's frustrations, like reporters who ask for my diagnosis … Continue reading Reflections on International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011

International Day of People with Disabilities: a Call for a Better World

The following is a speech I gave yesterday...   Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for inviting me to speak here today. I think it's impossible to have a discussion about activism without acknowledging that tomorrow is the International Day of People with Disability (IDPD). This is a day where people with disabilities across the … Continue reading International Day of People with Disabilities: a Call for a Better World