Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Reconfirms Support towards Carla Qualtrough Accessibility Champion

Re: Globe and Mail story, March 3, 2021, Advocacy group for blind Canadians says Ottawa’s funding application was inaccessible

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) wishes to reconfirm its continuing support of Minister Carla Qualtrough. In doing so, we do not agree with the statements made by the AEBC representative, contained within the above noted item, referencing the Minister's alleged involvement and/or lack thereof, in support of the specific accessibility matter referenced in the Globe story.  

“We support the Minister’s work to address systemic exclusion, including web accessibility as mandated by the Accessible Canada Act (2019). The Act provides a new way forward for our community and will, as a result of having been co-created with people with disabilities, has the scope to address persistent barriers, such as federal government information that is inaccessible to persons who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision,” states Roxana Jahani Aval, Chair of CCD.

We look forward to our continued work with Minister Qualtrough on ensuring an accessible Canada for all Canadians.

About CCD

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (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.


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) unites advocacy organizations of people with disabilities to defend and extend human rights for persons with disabilities through public education, advocacy, intervention in litigation, research, consultation and partnerships.  CCD amplifies the expertise of our partners by acting as a convening body and consensus builder.

Source: Council of Canadians With Disabilities' website.