Empower U Webinar: Rights of Children with Disabilities, March 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Mark Your Calendars: Empower U webinar on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 1.00 pm to 2:00 pm EST to focus on the rights of children with disabilities.

Join us for an Empower U webinar where participants will have the opportunity to find out more about the rights of children with disabilities. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.  This webinar will be taking place in English.


Dr. Denise Keiko Shikako-Thomas

About the Speaker:

Dr. Denise Keiko Shikako-Thomas holds the Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability: Participation and Knowledge Translation. An Occupational Therapist and Assistant Professor at McGill University, her research focus on  identifying solutions to promote the participation of children with disabilities in society, and to convey research-based information to policymaking. She leads Knowledge Translation initiatives through Kids Brain Health Network, CHILD-BRIGHT, the website and the Jooay App. An active member of different research and stakeholder networks, Dr. Shikako-Thomas has participated in the UN reporting on the Convention on the Rights of Children and on the Rights of Persons with disabilities. 

Date and Time for the Webinar: Our ninth webinar is on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 1.00 pm to 2:00 pm EST. Captioning will be provided.

Register for the webinar by following this link:   

Join the webinar by following this link:  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 of the Empower U Webinars: 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).