NEADS Employee Carly Fox Selected as Youth Delegate to COSP CRPD 15

June 1st, 2022

Algonquin Anishinabe Territory / Ottawa, ON

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is proud to announce that Carly Fox, our Researcher and Communications Officer has been selected as a Youth Delegate on Canada's Delegation to the 15th Conference of State Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

Joined by Paula MacDonald and Zoe Elverum, the Youth Delegates will share youth perspectives around the conference's theme of building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond, and attend a number of side events and formal sessions.

This conference is particularly significant for Canada, as it puts forward its first-ever nominee for the CRPD Committee - Dr. Laverne Jacobs - and hosts the side panel "Youth Leadership and Perspectives: Advancing disability inclusion and the rights of persons with disabilities in a post-pandemic world".

We look forward to learning from Carly on her experience and takeaways from this conference. You can hear directly from Carly on Instagram and Twitter @ItsCarlyFox and through her blog 

"As an international development student and disability rights advocate, I am so grateful for the opportunity to bridge these two passions and so excited to learn from global leaders on disability inclusion. I look forward to making connections with my disabled peers around the world, and bringing what I learned back to my community as we fight for the full realization of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I'm also incredibly passionate about using this platform to amplify the incredible work being done by on-campus disabled student groups and disabled youth leaders across Canada. Thank you to NEADS for nominating me, to the NEADS Team for their constant support and encouragement, and to the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) for challenging me to further pursue international disability rights as their International Chair." - Carly Fox, NEADS' Researcher and Communications Officer

"Youth with disabilities studying in colleges and universities are rapidly assuming leadership roles in the Canadian disability rights movement. They are challenging our society and governments to do better to realize full equity and inclusion in all respects now, not 20 years down the road. Carly Fox is a brilliant young disabled woman who is making a significant difference nationally, and now internationally, as a disability advocate and communications professional. She is driven to succeed in her academic pursuits at the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization and to meld her field of study with her passion for disability work. I am so proud to have Carly as a colleague on the NEADS team. We're excited to witness her contributions with other youth delegates as representatives of Canada's Delegation to the 15th Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities." - Frank Smith, National Coordinator, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

For further information:

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201

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