NEADS Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 3rd, 2021, Ottawa, ON
On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) honours and acknowledges the countless disability rights activists that have paved the way for future generations, and pays tribute to the persons with disabilities who are not alive to see today.

NEADS has heard from seasoned trailblazers and emerging youth activists, and the consensus is clear: unimaginable progress has been achieved, but there is still a long way to go in our collective struggle for full rights on an equal basis with others.

Today and always, we invite our community to celebrate the accomplishments, triumphs, and progress made by the disability community and reflect on how we can further band together as we continue to fight for our rights and recognition.

While the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a chance to garner wider media attention and educate the non-disabled population on the barriers we face, it alone is not enough to achieve a truly equitable and inclusive society. For our community, every day is a day of persons with disabilities, and our struggles and successes will continue when this day ends. To our allies, treat today not as a standalone event but as a launching pad for an ever-evolving practice. NEADS has compiled resources for further learning and links to other community organizations.

Carly Fox, NEADS Research and Communications Officer

Resources for further learning:

NEADS Infographics
NEADS x Ally Squared: Disability Pride Infographic:
Disability Justice:
Disability Allyship:
Understanding Ableism:
Empower U: Accessible Canada Act:

Youtube Videos

Youtube: A Conversation on Self-Advocacy with Tracy Odell:
Access for All Panel, August 2021 - EN:
Access for All Panel, November 2021 - EN:
Able to Lead Author Event:
Some Community Organizations:

Council of Canadians with Disabilities:
Citizens with Disabilities Ontario:
Quebec Association of Equity and Inclusion in Post-Secondary Education (AQEIPS):
Disability Justice Network - Ontario:
British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society:

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