NEWS: United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons

OTTAWA – NDP MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), NDP Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, issued the following statement today on the upcoming United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3rd.

“This year’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities is particularly important because of the UN convention on the rights of persons of disabilities will be ratified by states in the next few months.

“The Council of Canadians with Disabilities provided excellent leadership in being part of the Canadian delegation bringing into place this important Convention. This is a landmark convention that will move the issue of disabilities rights, we hope, to the forefront nationally.

“Today I was excited to participate in the fifth annual celebration of the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons on Parliament Hill organized by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association of Independent Living.

“New Democrats are drafting a new piece of legislation designed to support all Canadians with disabilities. I hope the new Canadians with Disabilities Act in conjunction with a national disability strategy will provide fundamental change in the situation for people with disabilities across Canada.

“At our federal convention in Quebec City the NDP adopted a comprehensive disabilities strategy that would reduce by half the annual income gap between Canadians with and without disabilities, reduce by half the poverty rate of adults with disabilities, reduce by half the labour market participation gap between Canadians with and without disabilities and reduce by half the non-reimbursed costs faced by persons with disabilities.

We must all work together to enhance the opportunities of persons with disabilities Together we can remove obstacles and help disabled Canadians find work, shelter, access a better quality of life, and achieve full equality and inclusion.”