Carly Fox (she/her/elle) is a queer, disabled, neurodivergent disability advocate based out of Ottawa, Canada. Fox draws from her personal experience with physical/psychosocial disabilities and neurodivergence and her professional experience in Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to raise awareness of systemic ableism, challenge oppressive structures, and pursue cooperation with disabled advocates around the world in order to realize the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities within her lifetime.
Fox is currently the International Chair for the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), the Communications and Partnerships Director for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), and an International Development and Globalization student at uOttawa. Fox recently served on the Canadian Delegation to the 15th and 16th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and represented CCD at the 2022 Global Youth Disability Summit.
About Her Work
Carly Fox Disability Advocacy offers events, trainings, and consultations designed to guide diverse audiences through understandings of disability to move past disability awareness towards acceptance. Fox offers compassionate, empathetic, and empowering spaces designed to allow for exploration and authentic discussion while maintaining safe and inclusive environments.
Neurodivergence with Hyundai Canada
This one-hour presentation explored neurodiversity in an authentic and compassionate environment with Hyundai Canada employees to address common misconceptions, identify opportunities, and empower neurodivergent-inclusive workspaces.
Disability in Health & Phys Ed with OPHEA
Speaking to students, educators, and school board personnel, Carly shared her experience navigating gym class with an invisible disability and provided helpful class modifications embedded in Universal Design Learning.
Sexual Orientation in Health & Phys Ed with OPHEA
In her first event with OPHEA, Carly spoke on her lived experience being the only out queer person in her gym class and shared how it impacted her psychological and social wellbeing throughout high school.
COSP CRPD 16 Side Event on Economic Security
This side event will offer the opportunity to explore modern approaches towards building accessible and disability-inclusive support systems, employment opportunities and economic stability for persons with disabilities.
Disability 101 Workshop with UOSU’s Feminist Resource Centre
Hosted by UOSU’s Women’s Resource Centre, Carly delivered a presentation covering everything from types of disabilities to the cycle of inaccessibility to wrap up Disability Pride Month.
Self-Advocacy Instagram Live with Take A Pain Check
Carly was invited by Take A Pain Check and Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance to speak on the importance of self-advocacy as a young adult with a history of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Psoriatic Arthritis. To read Carly’s accompanying blog post, click here.
Systemic Nature of Inequity at uOttawa’s IDW ’22
Carly was once again hosted by uOttawa’s International Development Week, where she spoke on the systemic nature of ableism and how it intersects with other oppressive forces. Fox was joined by Alyy Patel of QSAW Network, Anjum Sultana from Plan International Canada, and Jasleen Kaur!
Take A Pain Check Podcast
Hosted by Natasha Trehan and joined by her twin Makayla Fox, Carly discusses her experiences being diagnosed with JIA, the unique experience of having a twin with the same chronic illness, and additional considerations taken when moving out with an invisible disability.
Equity x Design Documentary ’21
As a first year international development student at the University of Ottawa, Carly was fortunate to be given a platform to share how her disabilities impacted her experiences in the performing arts, and how they now shape her experiences in development academia and practice.
In The News
Workplace Promotions with the Globe and Mail
“For Carly Fox, the University was a real place of learning and debate that helped her refine her arguments for disability rights. Upon arriving on campus, she decided to continue take action and defend those rights at the post-secondary level.”
Carly discusses her upcoming involvement with the 15th Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a Youth Delegate for Canada with Dave Brown. You can listen in here.
Including Chronically Ill Youth in the Re-Opening Economy
“Young people with chronic conditions will continue to need accommodations to balance their work and health. But they will also need employers to continue to enforce COVID-19-prevention strategies like masking, using other PPE and physical distancing. Policies such as paid sick leave will also remain a priority to prevent workers from coming into the workplace with COVID-19 symptoms.”