Quebec Accessible at the World Social Forum

We invite you to join us at the World Social Forum (WSF) next week. The WSF will be taking place from August 9 to 14 in Montreal.

Quebec Accessible has been involved in planning many events regarding disability and Deaf culture. We will be hosting three events:

1. Conference on Quebec and Canadian Disability Laws

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (9 to 11:30 am)

Where: UQÀM, Pavillon de-Sève, DS-M240

In collaboration with Quebec’s Human Rights Commission (the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse – CDPDJ), Quebec Accessible will be giving an overview of laws that protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Quebec and other provinces in Canada.

Speakers: Me Melanie Benard (Quebec Accessible), Laurence Parent (Quebec Accessible), Mélissa Goupil-Landry (CDPDJ) and David Lepofsky (AODA Alliance – Ontario)

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2. Panel on Disability Laws Around the World

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (1 to 3:30 pm)

Where: UQÀM, Pavillon de-Sève, DS-M220

This international panel will present the disability laws in the United States, France and Brazil. Speakers will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these laws and the movements that led to their adoption. The goal of the panel is to share knowledge about the common struggles to promote disability rights around the world.

Speakers: Mathilde Fuchs (France); Elisa Rojas (France); Allison Colburn (U.S.); Orlando Vitor Noal Neto (Brazil); Moysès Martins (Brazil)

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3. Workshop on Social Media and Disability Advocacy

When: Wednesday, August 11, 2016 (1 to 3:30 pm)

Where: UQÀM, Pavillon de-Sève, DS-M220

Join us to learn about two initiatives that use social media to promote disability rights. Marie-Eve Veilleux and Laurence Parent will present Transport mésadapté, a Facebook group addressing access to public transportation in Montreal. Gregg Beratan and Andrew Pulrang will discuss #CripTheVote, a campaign promoting the inclusion of disability issues in the U.S. elections. We will then break into groups to develop a campaign highlighting the need for a stronger accessibility law in Quebec.

Speakers: Marie-Eve Veilleux (Quebec Accessible and Transport mésadapté); Laurence Parent (Quebec Accessible and Transport mésadapté); Gregg Beratan (#CripTheVote) ; Andrew Pulrang (#CripTheVote)

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Accessibility of all events:

To participate by Skype:

LSQ and ASL interpretation on-site

French and English whispered translation upon request

The conference room and the washroom are wheelchair accessible

Paratransit entrance: 320, rue Ste-Catherine (public location under “University” in SIRTA)

If you have any questions, contact:

*To participate in these events, you need to register for the World Social Forum (WSF)*

You can register in three different ways:

1) Help finance the WSF by registering online or onsite at the Regular Rate (40$);

2) Register onsite at the Solidarity Rate (10$);

3) Participate by Skype free of charge

To register or to find out more about the WSF, visit:

All three options will allow you to take part in many events at the WSF from August 9 to 14.

We hope to see you all next week!

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