Robert Strike at UN 2017

In June 2018, CID coordinated an exciting and practical side event to the 11th session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Find out how the event went and hear about the other things we did at the UN in our blog Taking inclusion to the United Nations – and the world!

Details about the event

  • Be inspired by self-advocates from around the world.

  • Hear about their journeys and their roles in organisations.

  • Learn what has helped these self-advocates speak up and be involved.

  • Get tips and resources on how to include people with intellectual disability in your organisation and your community.

Our presenters

robert strike

Robert Strike AM
Council for Intellectual Disability (CID), Australia

Robert likes talking to people about their rights and helping them speak up. He is interested in issues of health, abuse, justice and closing institutions.

Robert will talk about support that has helped him be on the CID Board, government advisory roles and a delegate of COSP.

 

robert martin

Robert Martin
UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In his role with Inclusion International, Robert took part in the negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He was elected to the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in June 2016.

Robert will talk about what has enabled him to be a self-advocate. He will describe his experience of the assistance he has received for his role on the UN Committee.

 

Tanya Brown

Tanya Brown
Self-Advocate YAI Network, New York, USA

Tanya speaks as an ambassador for people facing complex support needs. Tanya continually faces and overcomes significant challenges, leading a life of self-direction and determination. She advocates for the value of all people, ensuring that nobody is left behind.

 

david king

David King
People First New Zealand

David is Chairperson of People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi. He has represented People First NZ on government advisory groups.

David will discuss his role of Chairperson and being part of the NZ Disabled Person's Organisations coalition. He will explain how having a meeting assistant helps him be included.

 

Jane Akinyi

Jayne Akinyi
Self-Advocate Inclusion International, Kenya

Jayne is working for Inclusion International’s self-advocacy programme Empower Us, where she has led training on rights, advocacy and support for self-advocates and supporters in Togo, Nepal and the UK.

Jayne will bring an important perspective from Africa. She will talk about the importance of people learning self-advocacy skills, and the importance of programs such Empower Us.

 

Sue Swenson

Chair: Sue Swenson
President-Elect, Inclusion International

Sue was assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services in the US Department of Education during the Obama administration.

She became involved with disability advocacy because her middle son, Charlie, had profound disabilities.

Robert Strike AM
Council for Intellectual Disability (CID), Australia

Robert will talk about support that has helped him be on the CID Board, government advisory roles and as a delegate of COSP.


Robert Martin
UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In his role with Inclusion International, Robert took part in the negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He was elected to the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in June 2016.

Robert will talk about what has enabled him to be a self-advocate. He will describe his experience of the information and assistance he has received in fulfilling his role on the UN Committee.


David King
People First New Zealand

David is Chairperson of People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi. He has represented People First NZ on government advisory groups.

David will discuss his role of Chairperson and being part of the NZ Disabled Person's Organisations coalition. He will explain how having a meeting assistant helps him be included.


Jayne Akinyi
Self-Advocate Inclusion International, Kenya

Jayne will bring an important perspective from Africa. She will talk about the importance of people learning self-advocacy skills, and the importance of programs such as Inclusion International’s Empower Us program.


Chair: Sue Swenson
President-Elect, Inclusion International

Sue was assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services in the US Department of Education for the Obama administration.

She became involved with disability advocacy because her middle son, Charlie, had profound disabilities.


Supporters

This side event will be co-sponsored by Inclusion International, International Disability Alliance, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The event has received support from the Department of Social Services and Disabled People's Organisations Australia.


About our theme: leaving no one behind

People with intellectual disability are often the most excluded in the community, even within the disability advocacy and rights movement.
At this workshop, we will explore the theme of leaving no one behind in implementing the CRPD. The workshop aims to:

  • Increase participation of people with intellectual disability in the Conference of States Parties.

  • Increase the skills and confidence of people with intellectual disability to take on leadership roles within their organisations, governments and community.

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of including people with intellectual disability.

  • Influence practice of other delegates, government bodies, advocacy groups and disability organisations to better include people with intellectual disability. 

Links and more information

 CID at UN COSP 2017

Robert and Mia Farah at the UN in 2017

Robert Strike with Mia Farah
of Self-Advocate Inclusion International

Robert addressing the UN in 2017

Robert Strike addressing
the UN COSP 2017

 

 CID at UN COSP 2017

Robert and Mia Farah at the UN in 2017

Robert Strike with Mia Farah,
a self advocate of Inclusion International

Robert addressing the UN in 2017

Robert Strike addressing
the UN COSP 2017

 

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