Webinar: Empower U, “A country without barriers?: The Role of Accessibility Standards Canada”, May 28, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time

Join us for another Empower U webinar to learn more about the Accessible Canada Act, in the context of 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.  Real-time Captioning and ASL will be provided.

Date and Time: The next webinar is on Thursday, May 28th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT, or 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time.

"A country without barriers?: The role of Accessibility Standards Canada”: During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Accessible Canada Act and the organization set up to develop accessibility standards under this Act.

Speaker: Mary Reid is Vice Chairperson of Accessibility Standards Canada. She is personally and professionally committed to equity, social justice and inclusion. For over thirty-five years, Mary’s professional and personal life has focused on removing and preventing barriers so that persons with disabilities have equal access. She has worked at a senior level for community organizations, municipal and provincial governments. Mary is experienced in fostering systemic change through community engagement, service design and policy development.  Mary lives in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Online event registration: 
Zoom URL on the day of the meeting:
Zoom meeting:  
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: 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.  While interested disability advocates from Atlantic Canada are especially encouraged to attend, we welcome anyone who is interested to participate in these webinars.
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 28, 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).