Webinar: Empower U, Learn to Access Your Disability Rights, April 30, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time

Join us for another Empower U webinar to learn more about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP) and be part of a Canada-wide network engaged in acting for the implementation of the CRPD featuring Vince Calderhead, Human Rights Lawyer!

We have decided to continue the webinar series as an alternative to face to face meetings planned for Atlantic Canada, which were cancelled in light of current COVID 19 related travel restrictions. 

The next webinar is on Thursday, April 30th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT, or 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atlantic time and will focus on using human rights to challenge systemic institutionalization of persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Real-time Captioning and ASL will be provided.

While interested disability advocates from Atlantic Canada are especially encouraged to attend, we welcome anyone who is interested to participate in these webinars.

Speaker: Vince Calderhead, Human Rights Lawyer

Vince Calderhead’s presentation will focus on an eight-year battle to have the systemic discrimination experienced by people with disabilities in the area of their right to community living addressed through a human rights complaint.

Vince has been a lawyer since 1986. In 2017, he joined Pink Larkin, a union-side labour law firm in Halifax, where he has a pro bono practice restricted to strategic anti-poverty litigation.

Previously, Vince was a Senior Staff Counsel at Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Halifax where he litigated many social and economic rights cases since 1986. He has internationally recognized expertise in the areas of economic, social and cultural rights. He has represented anti-poverty groups before United Nations Treaty bodies on many occasions since.

Online event registration: 

Zoom URL on the day of the meeting:
Zoom meeting link: 
Meeting ID: 119-496-434
Password: 34120

Teleconference Access:  1-647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 119-496-434 (then press #)
Participant ID: 34120  (then press #)

Description: The continuation of a series of ten webinars offering 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 from April 23 to May 27, 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).