David Lepofsky, a life-long disability rights advocate, blind lawyer, and chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, will be the keynote speaker at UWindsor’s Accessibility Café, Thursday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m. in Katzman Lounge, Vanier Hall.
The event, sponsored by the Faculty of Law and the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility, is themed “Ramping Up Stalled Action in Ontario on Disability Accessibility.” It is open to people of all abilities and will examine such issues as accessibility to jobs, public transit and education for more than 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities.
In addition to his work with the alliance, Lepofsky is co-chair of Barrier-Free Canada, a non-partisan coalition campaigning for the enactment of a Canadians with Disabilities Act. He took part in successful campaigns to get disability equality included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code, and led the fight to win the enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. He is now a visiting professor of legal ethics and public interest advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School.
The event will feature a luncheon for those who RSVP by Friday, February 26.