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AEBC Applauds Canada's Ratification of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Members of the Canada-wide Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians are celebrating today’s Canadian ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD).

"This is an exciting and historic day for all people with disabilities in Canada," says Robin East, President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC). “The Convention boldly articulates a human rights framework,” East declares. “This sets out the way we believe disability related issues should be dealt with throughout Canada."

Today's ratification grew out of a five year partnership between Canadians with disabilities and the Government of Canada. "We deeply appreciate the leadership role that Canada played throughout the drafting of this important human rights instrument," said John Rae, AEBC's 1st Vice President. "We hope this ratification ushers in a new era where persons with disabilities will no longer be seen as objects of charity and passive recipients of rehabilitation.”

AEBC defines persons with disabilities as ‘rights holders’, who require a leadership role in the development of “all new legislation, policies and programs designed to improve our quality of life”, Rae explains. “In brief - Nothing about us, without us.”

"The CRPD must become a living, breathing human rights instrument that helps Canadians with disabilities to remove the many barriers that continue to impede our search for equality in all aspects of life in Canada. The AEBC looks forward to participating in developing Canada's domestic agenda to implement today's ratification.”