Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Michelle Dawson wins her human rights case

Ottawa, Canada - The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has upheld a complaint against Canada Post by Michelle Dawson, a former mail carrier in Montreal, the Leader Post reports.
In a ruling released Monday, the tribunal said Canada Post violated the Canadian Human Rights Act by failing to accommodate Michelle Dawson's disability and by allowing management staff to harass her.
Ms Dawson, who was diagnosed with autism in the early 1990s, is a autism researcher and writer. The details of the case (with lots of congratulations in the comments) and links to the Tribunal's decision are at her blog Autism Crisis. There are also posts and congratulations over at Ballastexistenz and Autism Vox. Here is an excerpt from Ms Dawson's post on the ruling, titled "Another autism victory".

…..this Tribunal decision, for all its faults with respect to the facts of the specific case, is instead a step in the right direction. It’s a step towards human rights for autistics in Canada, and towards all the possibilities human beings have, when we are regarded and treated as equals, and can proceed in society as fully human beings with human rights and dignity.