Every adult of today was a child first. But do children have a voice in matters that are important for them?

April 21, 2017

Do children with disabilities and their families know they have rights? Does Canada respect their rights? In Giving a Voice to Children’s Rights, a blog posting on March 31, 2017, Dr. Keiko Shikako Thomas laid out these intersecting issues arising in childhood disability and human rights in a Canadian context.

A few days later, Shikako-Thomas, co-lead of the Network's KT Core policy engagement project and other members of a Canadian delegation of civil society organizations (CSOs) appeared before the United Nations committee overseeing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Shikako-Thomas presented on the status of children with disabilities and responded to detailed questions as part of a compliance review in Geneva April 2-4. Canada became a 2010 signatory to the convention, and both the federal government and relevant NGOs participated in the review process.

KBHN researchers and investigators from our sister network, CHILD-BRIGHT, as well as board members and parents contributed data and ideas synthesized by Dr. Shikako-Thomas. Their insights are included in the Canadian shadow report submitted for consideration by the CRPD.

More details about the reporting process can be found here: http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/publications/voice/2017/Special-Edition-CRPD1

“The CRPD Committee’s April 9 concluding observations to Canada included several issues related to children with disabilities,” says Dr. Shikako-Thomas. “These can now be accessed by all citizens, families and researchers as an indication of what Canada should be working on, to continue the implementation of the CRPD in the country.”

For more information contact Dr. Shikako-Thomas at keiko.thomas@mcgill.ca.