Press Release

For the march on September 24, 2016

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2016

TORONTO, ON – The sixth annual “Toronto Disability Pride March” is taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, starting at Queen’s Park and ending at Ryerson’s School of Disability Studies, 99 Gerrard St. East.

Starting at 1:00 pm, at Queen’s Park, speakers will address the marchers.  

This year’s speakers include David Lepofsky, Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance and a member of the steering committee for Barrier-Free Canada

Diem Lafortune, 2013 Canadian Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year nominee, and social justice activist.

Other speakers include Ing Wong-Ward, Kevin Jackson and Melissa Graham will also speak.

Each year over 100 disabled people and allies have joined in the march. The purpose of the march is to raise awareness of the issues facing people with disabilities in our community. Those issues are not limited to each individual’s daily challenges, but rather are compounded when we other systemic barriers such as class, race, gender, age, sexual identity, ethnic origin, poverty, etc. place a bigger and more oppressive barrier to us as a whole. 

As in previous years, the march will begin at Queen’s Park and end at Ryerson’s School of Disability, 99 Gerrard Street East, where the marchers will take a moment to hear concluding speeches and to celebrate in solidarity with a few artists with disabilities.

Contact the Toronto Disability Pride March organizers:  torontodisabilitypride@gmail.com

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