Using Law to Advocate for Social Change for People with Disabilities

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00

Dr. Laverne Jacobs, Faculty of Law, & Shanae Soor, 3L, a Disability Legal Studies Fellow at the Law, Disability & Social Change Project at Windsor Law, will be presenting at the Accessibility Awareness Day event hosted by the University of Windsor. They will be speaking from 1 PM to 2 PM on Thursday, March 2 in the Ambassador Auditorium of the CAW Centre. Their presentation will be bringing research from those involved in the Law, Disability & Social Change Project to the broader community.

Abstract: How can law be used to achieve equality, access to justice (A2J) and full citizenship for persons with disabilities? Issues experienced in the disability community range from basic needs such as transportation to eliminating the violence to children with disabilities caused by bullying. Legal tools such as human rights codes, the AODA and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms have assisted people with disabilities to a certain point. Yet, advocates need to be aware of their shortcomings. This presentation will discuss a strategic tool for advocacy for people with disabilities,  termed the universality of the human condition, which can be useful in accessing justice and bringing about social change for people with disabilities.

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