Disabilities and Human Rights

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Disability and Human Rights Group is a forum for educating, raising awareness and discussing issues related to human rights and disabilities.

It was formed to provide a social forum for community members with disabilities and community members concerned with inclusion to respond to consultations on issues related to accessibility, disability and human rights and to plan events for the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities each December. 

Besides submissions regarding federal and provincial accessibility standards and legislation, the group has worked on a number of local issues to support people being advocates for greater access and mobility, as well as income security, social assistance reform and poverty elimination. 

Sidewalk Access and Safety Guidelines  (2016) for property owners, service providers and the community as a whole.

Photovoice: Downtown Kitchener Change (2017), a study explores the impact of urban change on pedestrian access.

Mapping Project: Pedestrian Crossings along Light Rail Transit (LRT) route (2017-2018), understanding and sharing pedestrians’ experience (on foot or wheels) of the new ION infrastructure.

2019 Ontario Pre-budget Submission. Changes to the Ontario Disability Program are of grave concern for many. This is why the group members held a number of discussions to create this thoughtful submission to Ontario Government.

Deep Breathing Practice (2019) is a weekly session that welcomes lived experience advocates to explore and work with their breath to enhance their wellbeing and responses to day to day challenges. Tuesdays at 10 am at St John Church in downtown Kitchener.

Downtown Change Photovoice


Disability and Human Rights Group Brochure.


Time: Second Wednesday of each month, from 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

Location:  Social Development Centre Waterloo Region Office, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener

Everyone is welcome! 

Committment to Access and Inclusion

The Social Development Centre Waterloo Region works to support inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities, their caregivers and agencies serving persons with disabilities in the Waterloo Region. Disabilities and Human Rights Group is as well a member of the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group and contributes to the development of the local framework for measuring the successful poverty elimination outcomes.

For more Information

For more information about the Disabilities and Human Rights group, please contact Brad Ullner at sdcwr@waterlooregion.org.