UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2023

Opinion: It's time we made room for people with disabilities

The world pays attention on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. But what about the rest of the year? Read more.

December 3, 2023

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023

We join with everyone around the globe in recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023. Read more.

June 6, 2023

UN Conference of State Parties: Connecting Disability Organizations

The 16th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP16) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, from 13 to 15 June 2023.   Read more.

June 13, 2022

Canadian Civil Society Supports Dr. Laverne Jacobs for the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Dr. Laverne Jacobs is Canada’s first-ever nominated candidate to the UN CRPD Committee. This demonstrates unparalleled commitment and confidence in her nomination by the Government of Canada and highlights the recognition of Dr. Jacob’s intersectional approach and life-long vision to the realization and expansion of international disability rights for all. A law professor at the University of Windsor, Dr. Jacobs has and continues to work to see the evolution of law incorporate the full realization of disability rights. Her work as lead author of the first Canadian disability law textbook ushered in a new, vibrant generation of disability rights scholars. Dr. Jacobs' disability and anti-racism advocacy work advances an intersectional approach to legislation and policymaking, and her work directly led to the creation of the Accessible Canada Act - a landmark federal legislation promising barrier-free access by 2040. These are but a few of her accomplishments. Read more.

June 22, 2021

CCD Applauds Dr. Laverne Jacobs' Candidacy for UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, applauds the Government of Canada’s naming Dr. Laverne Jacobs as a candidate for the 2022 election of members for the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

December 16, 2020

Disability Rights Online

You should check out the Disability Rights Online website.  This website connects visitors with self-paced online training on human rights, other resources and contact information for expert speakers on human rights. Read more.


International Development Policy

January 30, 2013

Official Development Assistance to the World Bank

To ensure that the funds Canada commits to the World Bank have an impact on people with disabilities, CCD encourages Canada to promote at the World Bank, policies that advance access and inclusion.  In particular, CCD recommends that Canada’s appointees to the World Bank promote a twin-track approach to disability and development, consultation with people with disabilities affected by World Bank programming and safeguards grounded in human rights, with a particular emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

June 4, 2010

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) May Be Defunded

I am writing to express our deep concern that the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) – after decades of partnership with CIDA - may now be defunded. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a member of CCIC and has been for many years. We work with CCIC to ensure that those focused on international development work are aware of the needs of persons with disabilities in the developing world. It is through the good work of CCIC members that persons with disabilities, often the most marginalized in developing societies, get the benefit of both humanitarian aid and development program initiatives. CCD cannot do this work alone. We need organizations like CCIC that help coordinate development agency work. Read more.

January 25, 2003

Peace Is A Disability Issue