Disability and Rights for Citizens (DRC) Project

The Disability and Rights for Citizens (DRC) Project was a one-year initiative (Sept 2012 to Sept 2013) lead by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) in partnership with ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).

The project is funded by City of Toronto’s Access Equity & Human Rights Fund.

The DRC Project presented 10 human rights educational workshops with information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and how it affects people with disabilities living in Toronto. The United Nations CRPD was signed by Canada in 2007 and ratified in 2010.
The DRC Project made every effort to present and organize material in an easy to understand and useable format.

They are the following tools:

  1. DRC Glossary
  2.  DRC Acronyms
  3. CRPD Key Articles and Community Priorities
  4. Timeline of Major Milestones in International Disability Policy
  5. Important Legal Phone Numbers
  6. ARCH CCD CILT Contact Information
  7. United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 50 Articles

The following are some additional resources:

  1. How to write a petition
  2. Sample Petition
  3. How to write a letter to an MP
  4. Sample Letter
  5. How to meet with your MP

For more information on the Disability and Rights for Citizens (DRC) Project, please contact Melanie Marsden, Community Development Worker, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) at 416-599-2458 ext. 222, TTY: (416) 599-5077 or by email at melanie.marsden@cilt.ca