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International Day of Persons with Disabilities a TIme For Celebrating Achievements

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) provides our community and the public at large with a time to spotlight the individual and collective achievements of persons with disabilities across Canada, and this year, we have plenty to celebrate.

Richard Quan, President of the Toronto Chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians said: "I know that I am expressing the shared sentiments of all of us when I tell you how proud we are of Lynda, John, and Donna."

"On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, all the forces of the universe have managed to be aligned here in Toronto to recognize the accomplishments of these three important members of our community," adds Quan.

"Shouldn't Lynda's contributions to a number of organizations have been recognized well before today? Is it so strange that John's lifetime of dedication to the labor movement was recognized in his lifetime? Finally, with the positive decision in Donna's landmark litigation for accessible websites for those who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted, isn't it easy to see why AEBC members are celebrating these achievements on this year's International Day of Persons With Disabilities?"

On December 3, Lynda Spinney, Treasurer of AEBC's Toronto Chapter, will be one of several recipients of Toronto's Unsung Hero Awards at a ceremony at Variety Village. These awards are presented annually to Torontonians who have not been previously recognized for their outstanding participation in the civic life of our community.

On November 29, Donna Jodhan, AEBC's Second Vice President, won her landmark Charter of Rights case against the Government of Canada over its inaccessible forms and websites.

On November 12, John Rae, AEBC's First Vice President was presented with the National Union of Public and General Employees "Solidarity Award" for his many years of leadership on Human Rights in Canada's trade union movement.

What is the IDPD?

Established by the UN General Assembly in 1982, the International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPD) aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues. It provides an international focus on the rights of persons with disabilities as well as the gains to be derived from the integration of such individuals in every aspect of the life of their communities.