Director of Policy and Program Operations, Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL)
Human Rights, Disability, Intellectual Disability, Inclusion, Social Policy, Social Innovation, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Humanitarian Assistance, Vulnerable Persons
As a human rights advocate, Tara Levandier has led pioneering initiatives at the provincial, national, and international level to advance the full inclusion and rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. Her work as the Director of Policy and Program Operations for CACL centres on social transformation through inclusion, social innovation, and policy reform, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded. For over ten years, her disability rights work has covered a range of policy areas including political and civic participation, safeguards for vulnerable persons, sexual health and abuse prevention, employment, family supports, supported decision making, and building inclusive communities. Levandier has a Masters degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University and is a regular presenter at conferences and workshops on topics related to disability rights, inclusion, and the social mission sector.