CCD Chairperson's Update - September 2014

New Initiative

The Centre for Research on Work Disability Work Policy awarded CCD a seed grant in response to a project proposal titled Willing But Unable: A Population in Waiting.  The project will develop a profile of people with disabilities that will provide the basis for an in-depth review of federal/provincial and territorial income support programs that offer employment-related programs to identify the effective practices.

Canada Post

CCD and its member organizations wrote to Deepak Chopra to explain why Canada Post should not make doctors the gatekeepers to accessible postal service for people with disabilities.

Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson, urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to undertake a public review of the Postal Service Charter, which sets out the bench marks for postal service in Canada.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

On 19 September 2014, CCD Chairperson Tony Dolan, Laurie Beachell National Coordinator, Jim Derksen and Yvonne Peters, both members of CCD's Human Rights Committee, were among the invited guests who helped open the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the first national museum to be built outside of the National Capital Region.

CRPD Outreach

Vangelis Nikias, CRPD Project Manager, informed Canadians about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at a number of different events sponsored by a diverse group of community organizations such as REACH, CCIC, Amnesty International.

Save the Date - December 2, 2014

CCD's research project Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship will hold an open forum to report the results of its 5-year investigation focused on how to overcome the poverty experienced by Canadians with disabilities.  Invited speakers: Michael J. Prince, Michael Bach, Yves Vaillancourt, Lucie Dumais, Francois Aubry, Debra Parkes, Cam Crawford, Adele Furrie, Marie Ryan.


RBC made a charitable donation to CCD this month.  RBC's donation to CCD will support the voice of people with disabilities to speak out about:

  • Poverty
  • Employment
  • Access
  • Inclusion
  • Citizenship

Together we can build a more accessible and inclusive Canada.  You can make a donation to CCD online at Canada Helps.