Council of Canadians with Disabilities Announces Departure of Chair

November 25, 2021 | For Immediate Release

November 25, 2021 | For Immediate ReleaseNovember 25, 2021 | For Immediate ReleaseThe Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) announces the departure of National Council of Representatives Chairperson, Roxana Jahani Aval, who the Council elected in 2020. Ms. Jahani Aval, who is a 3rd year law student, resigned as Chairperson in October. The National Educational Association of Students with Disabilities (NEADS) had appointed Ms. Jahani Aval as their representative to CCD.

“Her passion for inclusion and diversity moved CCD to create a mechanism for including people who had previously not been at our table or under represented,” states Heather Walkus, Acting Chairperson. “Roxana, was one of the driving forces behind reforming CCD's structure to ensure more intersectional perspectives and voices are at the table. This will expand understanding of what it means to live with a disability in Canada and what needs to change to achieve an equitable, accessible and inclusive Canada for all”.

“CCD thanks Ms. Jahani Aval for her leadership on intersectionality, her service and dedication to CCD and her continuing contribution to disability rights in Canada,” states Heather Walkus.

About CCD

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a social justice organization of people with all disabilities that champions the voices of people with disabilities, advocating an inclusive and accessible Canada, where people with disabilities have full realization of their human rights, as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) unites advocacy organizations of people with disabilities to defend and extend human rights for persons with disabilities through public education, advocacy, intervention in litigation, research, consultation and partnerships.  CCD amplifies the expertise of our partners by acting as a convening body and consensus builder.


For more information contact: Heather Walkus, Acting Chair,