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Bridging Aging and Disability International Network

Bridging Aging and Disability International Network

Briding Aging and Disabilities

Did you know that 1 billion + people are living with disability worldwide?

This figure is expected to increase rapidly as younger people with disabilities are living longer and the aging population is growing and older age is correlated with a higher risk of disability.

Bridging Aging and Disability International Network (BADIN) is a not-for-profit, international, interdisciplinary network committed to bridging the fields of aging and disability.

BADIN was founded in 2013 by the authors of the 2012 Toronto Declaration on Bridging Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Aging and Disability, all of whom had extensive experience in these fields. BADIN fosters bridging between the fields of aging and disability policy, practice and research to improve the life course of people globally.

BADIN facilitates networking and collaborations among researchers, practitioners, policy makers and people with lived experience. They promote and engage research and scholarships that build knowledge and capacity to support bridging the fields of aging and disability.

BADIN advocates for more investments in research, education and training as well as supporting national and international policy development in bridging aging and disability. BADIN fosters translational research between disability and aging.

Bridging the fields of aging and disability will improve the health, social, psychological, economic and civic outcomes throughout the life course.

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United Nations Headquarters in New York, USAMarch of Dimes Canada at United Nations Headquarters

In a historic first, at United Nations headquarters in New York, March of Dimes Canada was formally accredited for NGO delegate status to the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This year’s conference, the 7th such event since the initial ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, was held from June 10 to 12, 2014 and featured 40 side events with more than 1,000 participants from 150 countries. 

One of the themes for this year’s Conference of States Parties focused on monitoring and national implementation of the principles of the Convention.  

“This event offers delegates the unique opportunity to meet and learn from both fellow Canadian and many international representatives,” explains Martha Hall, Director of Canada’s Office of Disability Issues.

March of Dimes’ delegates, shared their experiences from advocating for Ontario’s AODA, Manitoba’s AMA, as well as for accessibility legislation in B.C., Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.  

UN accreditation represents yet another milestone in the ongoing history of March of Dimes Canada. Our work at the UN, and the relationships we forged, should make substantive contributions to several initiatives, from the international conferences we host to our policy advocacy with federal officials in Ottawa, and we look forward to even more opportunity at the 2015 Conference.

Ms. Hall, one of several representatives of the Government of Canada, points out that “the participation of organizations such as March of Dimes Canada adds to the experience of other delegates, who hear of the local, regional and national perspectives and lived experiences of Canadians with disabilities, and I know in turn March of Dimes will benefit from this rich collaboration.”

A final report from the 2014 Conference of States Parties will be presented to the UN Secretary General in the coming weeks, after which it will be made available publicly. 


La Marche des Dix Sous du Canada aux Sièges des Nations Unies

Lors d’une première historique, au siège des Nations Unies dans la ville de New York, la Marche des Dix Sous du Canada a été officiellement accrédité au statut de délégué pour les ONG à la Conférence de haut niveau sur les droits des personnes handicapées.

La conférence a eu lieu du 10 – 12 juin, 2014 et était le 7e événement de ce genre depuis la ratification initiale de la convention sure les droits des personnes handicapées. Il y avait 40 événements parallèles comprenant plus de 1000 participants provenant de 150 pays.

L'un des thèmes de la Conférence de haut niveau de cette année était concentré sur le suivi et la mise en œuvre nationale des principes de la Convention.

Les délégués de La Marche des Dix Sous, ont partagé les expériences de plaidoyer pour l’AOAD, l’AAM du Manitoba, ainsi que la législation sur l'accessibilité en Colombie-Britannique, Nouvelle-Écosse et Saskatchewan.

L’accréditation  de l’ONU représente une étape importante dans l'histoire de la Marche des Dix Sous du Canada. Notre travail à l'ONU, et les relations que nous avons formé, devraient apporter une grande contribution à plusieurs de nos initiatives, de nos conférences internationales au plaidoyer politique avec les fonctionnaires fédéraux à Ottawa et nous réjouissons à l’idée de participer à la conférence de 2015 qui j’espère nous offrira encore plus d’opportunité.

Un rapport final de la Conférence de haut niveau de 2014 sera présenté au Secrétaire Général de l'ONU dans les prochaines semaines, et sera par la suite disponible au public.


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