Webinar Nothing About Us Without Us: Empower U, Learn to Access Your Disability Rights, February 5, 2020

Join us for an Empower U webinar to learn more about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and ARCH Disability Law Centre’s OP Lab project, which offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the Optional Protocol (OP) and be part of a Canada-wide network engaged in acting for the implementation of the CRPD. Our third webinar on the CRPD is on Wednesday, February 5th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. Captioning will be provided.


Mariana Versiani, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, OP Lab Project Coordinator.  ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal clinic that practices exclusively in disability rights law.  ARCH provides public legal education to disability communities, and conducts community development projects to support its law reform work.

Steven Estey, Interim National Coordinator, Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).  CCD is a social justice organization of people with all disabilities that champions the voices of people with disabilities, advocating an inclusive and accessible Canada, where people with disabilities have full realization of their human rights, as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Register for the webinar here:  https://secure.neads.ca/register/en.php?id=20CR

On the day of the webinar access the session through this Zoom meeting link:

https://zoom.us/j/119496434    Meeting ID: 119-496-434 (No password needed)

Optional teleconference:  1-647-558-0588

Meeting ID: 119-496-434 (then press #)

Participant ID: None required  (just press #)

Description: A series of ten webinars will offer training for people with disabilities who are willing to make a commitment to share their knowledge in their communities / organizations with their peers for the purpose of increased awareness of how to remedy discrimination using more familiar (Human Rights Codes) and newer instruments (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the CRPD’s Optional Protocol to train other people to do likewise.

Webinars will be held every Wednesday at 1.00 pm EST from January 22 to March 25, 2020. Recordings will be available to participants after webinars.

Learning Objectives:

  • To increase the number of Canadians with disabilities, particularly youth with disabilities and people with disabilities from ethno-cultural communities, who are knowledgeable about available human rights remedies to discrimination and how to access these remedies
  • To increase capacity of Canadians with disabilities to share that knowledge with their peers so that more people across Canada (particularly with disabilities and multi-ethnic communities) will have the information necessary to navigate the systems where Canadians can seek redress for discrimination

Learning Outcomes:  At the end of the training participants will have:

  • In-depth knowledge of how to use United Nations Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol, as well as Human Rights Codes and the Accessible Canada Act
  • In-depth understanding of how to access and navigate the systems where Canadians with disabilities can seek redress from discrimination

About the Project:

The project Nothing About Us Without Us: Empower U, Learn to Access Your Disability Rights is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and implemented by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in collaboration with the Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. (CMDCI), Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS).