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Press Release: United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities Event

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On March 11, 2010, the Government of Canada ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations. Canada pledged to be governed by the CRPD, the newest international human rights treaty which boldly articulates a human rights framework for addressing the exclusion and lack of access people with disabilities have encountered in Canada. Now, as Canada has ratified this historic document, we must begin to consider how to effectively implement and monitor its provisions. The first part of our celebration will feature presentations from Dr. Marcia Rioux, Ph.D, Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) and Steven Estey of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).

There will then be an opportunity for comments from political leaders, including the Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P. This is our day to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of people with disabilities in Canadian society and to consider how best to move forward with CRPD implementation.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa

When: Thursday, November 25, 2010

3:30 pm – Registration

4:00 pm – Welcome and presentations from the DRPI and CCD

5:15 pm – Welcome and Political speakers, including the Honourable Diane Finley

6:00 pm – Reception

**Representatives will be on-hand to offer comments and interviews in both official languages**

Contact: Louise Bergeron, National Director, IL Canada

613.563.2580 x16

For more information and to view our official invitation please visit:


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