UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Following is the UN website which explains the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities very well (it has an excellent power point presentation!) and the progress that is being made in this area. http://www.un.org/disabilities/

It is important to move quickly on this as it is an important signal to those with disabilities that all are valued in Canadian society and in fact right around the world. Canada should be a world leader here. It is the provinces’ role to encourage the federal government with as much effort as we can to ratify this quickly.

Also see the 2008 Federal Disabilities Report: Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities which outlines the work to date on this file, specifically pages 10 and 11. Unfortunately, it is believed much more can be done.

The NDP have made statements in the respective Houses to urge the government to action. The Federal NDP has pointed out on several occasions that of the 139 signatories to the Convention, 82 have already signed the Optional Protocol and, of those 82, 30 have ratified. Canada, meanwhile, languishes with those who have signed but not even ratified the Convention itself.

Hope this is helpful and we see real progress on file quickly before the next International Day of Persons with Disabilities in December! Please feel free to circulate this to as many groups working with people with disabiities as possible. We encourage people to write to their MP’s to ratify this UN Convention.

Thank You to David Forbes MLA Saskatoon Centre for bring this to BIAC’s attention and promoting action on this Convention and to Judy Wasylycia-Leis, MP, the NDP Critic for Persons with Disabilities for working to better the lives of those living with disabilities in Canada and for her efforts on this UN Convention.

Harry Zarins, M.Ed.
Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Canada