Press Release: Jewish Community Mobilizes for Third Annual Disability Advocacy Day
February 5, 2019
Ottawa, ON–Today, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) organized an intensive series of meetings on Parliament Hill for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day to advance policies to make Canada more accessible and inclusive.
This annual initiative is conducted in partnership with Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, local Federations (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Federation CJA of Montreal, and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa), multiple Jewish social service agencies, and grassroots Jewish disability advocates.
Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of CIJA, issued the following statement:
“While Canadian society has made great progress in advancing inclusion for people with disabilities, more must be done to close the gaps that remain. This is why CIJA has made accessibility policy advocacy one of our top federal priorities.
“Jewish Disability Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of accessibility and propose practical solutions, drawing on the knowledge and passion of Jewish community advocates.
“We are grateful for the more than two dozen community members who have travelled to Ottawa from multiple cities for this day of action. Our hope is that the conversations we hold today will be a catalyst for policy change in key areas, particularly in improving the Disability Tax Credit, fostering employment opportunities for youths with disabilities, and supporting affordable housing for people with disabilities.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada