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Legal Studies Program at UOIT
David Lepofsky Guest Lecture: Creating a Barrier Free Ontario
Education
Oshawa, Ontario
March 1, 2017
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David Lepofsky Guest Lecture: Creating a Barrier Free Ontario, by Legal Studies Program at UOIT

Date and Time

Wed, March 1, 2017

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Location:

61 Charles Street, Room DTA 217
Oshawa, ON L1H 4X8

Description:

David Lepofsky is a visiting professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and an adjunct member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds three volunteer leadership roles in the disability community: he is chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, a member of the Steering Committee and former co-chair of Barrier-Free Canada, and the chair of the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee. Since April 2015, Lepofsky has served as a member, then chair, of the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee, which advises the Toronto District School Board on reforms needed to improve special education services and programs.

In a presentation entitled Creating a Barrier Free Ontario, Lepofsky will explore Ontario’s vibrant grassroots disability movement: its objectives, struggles, and gains in pursuit of a barrier-free province for all persons with disabilities. The history of provincial disability activism showcased in this presentation includes Lepofsky’s advocacy efforts campaigning for amendments to section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; collaborating across political party lines to enact and see enforced the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; and leading a 13-year legal battle to improve the Toronto Transit Commission’s accessibility standards.

The reception following the event will include light refreshments.

This event is part of our Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series. This event would not have been possible without the support and co-sponsorship of the the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Public Lecture Series and the Faculty of Education.

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