Canadian Alliance on Race and Disability


For immediate release


First ever Forum on Intersection of race and accessibility in Canada


Organizers expect more than 150 delegates to attend CARD One day forum on Intersection of race and accessibility on March 21, 2018. This is the first of its kind to be held in Canada. It coincides with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to highlight the intersectionality of race and disability.

Disability activists and accessibility practitioners from diverse communities will share their thoughts and experiences addressing issues of accessibility and race. This forum will discuss an intersectionality lens with key stakeholders involved in the implementation of the AODA. It will also engage diverse cultural and faith communities.

The keynote speaker, Rabia Khedr will address the issue of power and privilege. Meenu Sikand will discuss what is missing from the AODA.

We are excited to have this discussion. It’s about time society considers the needs of people with disabilities not as homogenous but as a whole person with multiple identities like race, gender, creed, language and how this impacts on their ability to be included in society, says Rafia-Haniff-Cleofas, a founding member of CARD.



Rafia Haniff-Cleofas


Rabia Khedr