Promoting Human Rights

The CCD was founded by persons with disabilities to ensure that the voice of persons with disabilities is reflected in the development of law and policy. CCD is dedicated to promoting the rights, full participation of, and equal opportunity for, persons with disabilities in all aspects of society including employment, education, transportation and health care.  CCD also works to remove barriers to accessibility and advocate for inclusive communities.  The CCD engages in law reform, policy development, and strategic systemic test case litigation to further its mandate. The CCD is actively sought out and considered an expert by the Canadian government on issues concerning the rights of persons with disabilities.

CCD has a long history of working to advance the rights and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.  CCD played a key role in advocating for the inclusion of disability rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In addition, CCD was a participant in the Canadian delegation involved in negotiating and drafting the legal language of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).