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Book Chapter

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Marcia Rioux, Paula Pinto & Gillian Parekh eds. Disability, Rights Monitoring, and Social Change – Building Power out of Evidence, Canadian Scholars’ Press (2015), 169-186


People with disabilities; Legal status; Civil rights; Human rights monitoring; Canada


This chapter surveys laws and policies in Canada that affect the rights of persons with disabilities. It does so as part of a broader project on international disability rights monitoring and is guided by DRPI's National Law and Policy Monitoring Template (2008). The template is based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other international instruments. The template's purpose is "to monitor human rights for people with disabilities at the systemic level, that is, at the level of existing laws, policies, and programs," and to "identify and draw attention to the most critical gaps and deficiencies in the legislative and policy framework" (p. 2) based on human rights.


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