March 11, 2010
UVic Disability Policy Expert To Advise Canadian Human Rights Commission
Dr. Michael Prince, University of Victoria Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, will be among experts participating in a panel discussion to advise the Canadian Human Rights Commission on how to reduce the number of complaints it receives from people with disabilities on Tuesday, March 16 from 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Minto Place Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.
“The Canadian population of people with disabilities who fall under federal jurisdiction is growing. It includes those with mental health issues in federal prisons and members of the military injured in action,” says Prince who has done extensive work on disability issues and social discrimination. “It’s still a challenge for people with a visual impairment to access federal documents. If the federal government can be proactive about anticipating issues, it will improve the quality of life for people with a disability and reduce the number of costly cases the commission hears.”
Prince’s most recent book is Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada (2009).
(Michael Prince can be reached in Ottawa at email@example.com and will check for messages at 250-721-8043)
Christine McLaren (Human and Social Development Communications) at 250-853-3213 or firstname.lastname@example.org