What are human rights? What rights do people with disability have? These questions were part of a workshop we ran at VALID’s Having a Say Conference in February. Our Inclusion Project Officer Alanna Julian reports.
In February I ran a workshop at VALID’s Having a Say Conference with Rachel Spencer, CID’s Senior Manager, Inclusion Projects.
The workshop was all about human rights. It was really interesting hearing what other people with disability thought about human rights.
Below are some of the things we talked about. I hope you find them interesting, especially if you ever wondered “what are human rights?” or “what rights do I have as a person with disability?”
Human rights are about freedom, respect, getting a fair go.
Human rights are what we need to have a good life.
Human rights are rights we all have, because we are all human.
There are laws that protect and promote the rights of people with disability.
Human rights laws say people with disability have the same rights as everyone else. They say that people with disability have the right to speak up and have their say.
I asked people at the workshop in February “What are some of the rights you have?”
Here is what some people said:
This year Australia will be reporting to the United Nations about the rights of people with disability in Australia. Find out more.
Australia has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD). This is an international law that protects and promotes the rights of people with disability.
Thanks to the CPRD, we have a chance to tell the world how well disability rights are protected and promoted in Australia.
We are helping record people’s ideas. If you would like to have a say about your rights, find out more at our Easy Read blog.
Published 21 March 2019
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