Session: The Personal is the Political: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Care and Advocacy
Judy Wasylycia-Leis’ political career spanned decades, and so has her personal life’s work as a parent and advocate. As a Member of Parliament and MLA, Judy held critic posts including responsibility for Persons with Disabilities. She led numerous initiatives pertaining to supports for family caregivers, employment equity, and the ratification and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Judy’s politics have always been personal. One of her sons, Nick, was born with a disability. Now over 30, Nick is supported by EPIC Opportunities in a home he shares with two friends. Judy will reflect on the intersections between family and political life, share memories of her work for social change, and talk about what it was like to be a high profile politician and a parent breaking barriers for people with disabilities.