Mr. Nikolas Harris, an MSW student at Dalhousie University, was selected to join the Canadian Delegation, led by Minister Kirsty Duncan to the 11th session of the United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

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Congratulations to Nik Harris, a current MSW student, who was selected to attend a UN conference on childhood disability.

Posted by Jane Gallinaugh on July 25, 2018 in News
MSW student, Nik Harris, was selected as a CASWE nominated candidate for the Canadian delegation to the UN
MSW student, Nik Harris, was selected as a CASWE nominated candidate for the Canadian delegation to the UN

Nikolas Harris is a 24 year old from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 22 months of age. Nikolas is a licensed social worker and works with the Dalhousie University School of Social Work Community Clinic and the Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth Branch. He is completing his Master of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and his thesis work is exploring youth narratives of individuals who have attended Camp Jointogether, a camp for youth living with arthritis. Nikolas sat on the first Inflammatory Arthritis Working Group in Nova Scotia and, nationally, he informs the Childhood Arthritis Advisory Council through the Arthritis Society about how to better support the lives of Canadians with childhood arthritis.

The event that he participated in was called No Child Left Behind: Rights-based approaches in childhood disabilities. The panel comprised of youth with lived experiences, government officials, researchers, and families discussing the results of a new research review of international academic evidence on rights-based approaches for children with disabilities. Youth and parents discussed the implications and considerations of the CRPD for children and youth with disabilities on real life experiences. The panel also considered some concrete steps that can be taken at the national and international levels, based on best practices and academic evidence from different countries to realize the CRPD with respect to children and youth with disabilities so that no one is left behind.