Selfadvocatenet.com in support of International Day for People with Disabilities 2021

This page is intended to highlight the day as well educate why is important to recognize the daily challenges facing people with disabilities in and around the world.

Persons with disabilities have rights are wanting to be respected and rights live like anyone in the world.  We try to highlight the reasoning to why need to eliminate the word ableism witch is discriminated against people with disabilities  stop-gap measure directly toward disabilities

 

This year theme 2021  is”Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era”

 

Second  what is Dec 3rd is International Day for Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) is a day that promotes equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society.

This day was first announced by the UN in 1992 with the aim of advancing disability rights and protecting the wellbeing of people with disabilities.

According to the World Health Organisation, around 15% of the world’s population is considered to have some form of disability. But all too often, the needs of people with disabilities are not catered for by the society they live in.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is intended to break down barriers to inclusion and fight for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

The theme for 2021 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “ Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities Toward an Inclusive, Accessible, and Sustainable post-COVID-19 World.” The theme highlights the additional challenges faced by persons with disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the aim, once the virus is under control, of ensuring that the future is inclusive, accessible, and sustainable for all.

This is why the International Communication Project strives to ensure that communication difficulties and disorders are recognized as disabilities.

 

Committee ready to improve accessibility in B.C.

Victoria Friday, December 3, 2021 8:45 AM

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Accessibility grants awarded to promote inclusion

Victoria Friday, December 3, 2021 8:30 AM

From May to October 2021, Disability Alliance BC evaluated applications from 77 B.C.-based non-profit organizations for Accessibility Project Grants. The successful projects focused on at least one of the following: employment; emergency planning and response; arts, culture and tourism; sports and recreation; education and learning; and community participation.

The successful projects are:

  • The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Society: $40,000
  • Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Vernon: $10,525
  • Belfry Theatre Society, Victoria: $20,153
  • Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, Vancouver: $35,000
  • Cherryville Community Food and Resource Society, Regional District
    of North Okanagan: $12,132
  • Coastal Research, Education, and Advocacy Network, Victoria: $34,512
  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria: $39,255
  • Made in BC dance on tour, Vancouver: $40,000
  • Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie Seniors Network, Maple Ridge: $39,783
  • North Shore ConneXions Society, North Vancouver: $40,000
  • Pedal Society, Vancouver: $40,000
  • Powell River Brain Injury Society: $15,100
  • Vines Art Festival Society, Vancouver: $28,900
  • Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, Victoria: $34,816
  • The Victoria Society for Blind Arts and Culture: $22,100

Total: $452,276

This on bc govt website go to the link here

 

 

Statement by the Prime Minister on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:

“Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we join people from across Canada and around the world to celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities. From our family and friends, to our neighbours and colleagues, millions of Canadians have a disability. On this day, we commit to continue to work to identify, remove, and prevent barriers that still exist and increase the opportunities available to persons with disabilities, to build a Canada that is fairer, more inclusive, and accessible for everyone.

“The Government of Canada remains committed to doing everything it can to support persons with disabilities. With the adoption of the Accessible Canada Act, the government will continue to work toward the realization of an accessible Canada. We are also working with provinces and territories, as well as partners, disability communities, and persons with disabilities, to improve accessibility and promote inclusion for everyone in Canada.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some of the long-standing barriers Canadians with disabilities have faced for decades. From the onset of the pandemic, we have taken important steps to help remove barriers and promote inclusion. In the spirit of ‘Nothing Without Us’, we created the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group to advise the government on how it could put a disability lens on its emergency response to ensure the real-time lived experience of Canadians with disabilities were considered. We made unprecedented investments in employment through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, and investments to improve accessibility in communities and workplaces through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

“Moving forward, there is much more work to be done. This includes implementing an ambitious Disability Inclusion Action Plan, with concrete actions the government will take to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities. The plan will be informed through consultation and engagement with the disability community, and will focus on key areas including financial security, employment, inclusive spaces, and taking a modern approach to disability in government programs and services. At the heart of this plan will be the design and delivery of the Canada Disability Benefit that will address the longstanding financial hardship felt by persons with disabilities and create a more disability-inclusive economy and society.

“This year’s theme is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.’ As we build back better from the pandemic, this theme urges us to work together, and ensure the perspectives of persons with disabilities are considered as we develop and implement strategies that protect and empower human rights, to achieve the United Nations’ (UN) 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“On the international stage, Canada is working to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities to help build a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world for all. Canada signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, acceded to the Optional Protocol, and appointed the Canadian Human Rights Commission to monitor the government’s implementation of the Convention. We also announced a Canadian candidate for the 2022 election of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We will continue to work closely with our partners, including as part of the Global Action on Disability Network, to address the unique challenges faced by persons with disabilities around the world, and to ensure their full inclusion and participation in society. Canada is proud to participate in the second Global Disability Summit, which will be co-hosted by the governments of Norway and Ghana and the International Disability Alliance in 2022, to ensure persons with disabilities can contribute to and benefit from our international development and humanitarian efforts.

“Together, we can remove and prevent barriers to accessibility and make a difference with and for people with disabilities. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to learn more about how we can all work to create a more inclusive country and world.”

This  is on Justin Trudeau website go to the link here

Funding announced for winner of the Alternate Format Business Technology Challenge

News release

December 3, 2021              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

 

The Government of Canada continues to take action to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. That is why Employment and Social Development Canada partnered with Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to create the Alternate Format Business Technology Challenge, to encourage small businesses to innovate, and help increase access to physical and digital alternate format materials for Canadians with print disabilities.

Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2021, the Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough announced that Mr. Tim Rees is the small business winner of Phase One of the Alternate Format Business Technology Challenge. Mr. Rees, who identifies as a person with a disability, will receive funding of up to $150,000 to develop his innovative concept for an assistive voice-app that would include new software and the use of smart speakers. The app would give publishers the ability to upload their creative works to audio format instantly. It would then allow the end user to have books, publications or other resources read aloud through the smart speaker, and to navigate the documents using voice commands.

Technology has modernized and simplified the ways in which we are able to connect with one another. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also played a huge role in breaking down barriers, especially for persons with disabilities. Technology innovators have been key players in disability inclusion through digitalization, by building tools that allow persons with disabilities to have better access to resources, creating greater opportunities for full participation, which would have otherwise not been available.

In keeping with the theme of IDPD 2021, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”, the Government of Canada is investing to ensure that persons with print disabilities in Canada have equal opportunities to participate in society and realize their full potential.

Quotes

“When everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in society from the start, we all succeed and leave no one behind. The Alternate Format Business Technology Challenge supports this objective. It promotes inclusivity by design and helps to ensure persons with disabilities have better opportunities to read, learn and enjoy books and other print material.”
– Minister of Employment, Workforce and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

“We are helping entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas to overcome some of today’s biggest challenges.  This assistive voice-app will help ensure that all Canadians with print disabilities have access to alternate format reading materials.”
– Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry – François-Philippe Champagne

Quick facts

  • About 1.5 million Canadians have print disabilities. People with print disabilities include people who may have learning, reading, perceptual, physical or visual disabilities that affect their ability to read conventional printed published materials. Less than 10% of published materials in Canada are available in alternate formats that are fully accessible to people with print disabilities, which limits their full social and economic inclusion.
  • Budget 2019 announced an investment of $22.8M over five years to the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for the Transition Strategy for the Production of Alternate Format Books in Canada. The objective is to assist Canada’s independent book publishing industry with increasing the production of accessible books, integrating accessible features into the production and distribution of digital books (eBooks and audiobooks), and improving access to digital titles by Canadian authors.
  • Through the Alternate Format Business Technology Challenge, the CBF also supports Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises to create more efficient and cost effective technologies for producing accessible books and facilitating access. The Challenge is administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Innovative Solutions Canada program and is a fundamental component of the Transition Strategy.
  • In the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Government announced an additional investment of $10 million over four years, starting in 2020-2021, to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) to support the transition towards industry-based production, and the distribution of accessible reading materials for Canadians with print disabilities. In March 2021, the Government provided an additional investment of $1 million to CELA and NNELS in recognition of the profound effect the pandemic has had on society, and the increased need for accessible reading materials.
  • The Government is moving forward with its first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which will include a new Canada Disability Benefit, improved processes for eligibility for Government disability programs and benefits, and a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities. These strong measures complement the Accessible Canada Act and help create a more inclusive Canada.

Associated links

Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ashley Michnowski
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough
ashley.michnowski@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

3 December 2021 Global

More than 1 billion people experience disability, and this figure is predicted to rise, due in part to population ageing and an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.  Despite this, few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to respond fully to the health priorities and requirements of persons with disabilities.

While disability correlates with disadvantage, not all people with disabilities are equally disadvantaged. Much depends on the context in which they live, and whether they have equal access to health, education and employment, among others.

As governments and the international community continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and chart a course forward, it is essential that disability inclusion is central to health system planning, development, and decision making.  Strong, effective health systems support robust health emergencies management.

WHO is committed to supporting Member States and development partners to fulfil their commitment to leave no one behind, by addressing disability inclusion in the health sector, including as part of our efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key messages

  1. Many of us will experience disability in our lifetime, particularly as we grow older
  2. WHO commits to supporting countries to realize a world where health systems are inclusive and persons with disabilities can attain their highest possible standard of health.
  3. COVID-19 has resulted in further disadvantage and increased vulnerability for many persons with disabilities due to barriers in the health and social sectors, including discriminatory attitudes and inaccessible infrastructure.
  4. Building back better requires persons with disabilities to be central to health sector decision making, to ensure barriers are addressed in an inclusive and timely way.
  5. Disability inclusion in the health sector is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do, as it directly contributes to the achievement of broader global and national health priorities.

This on who website go to the link here

More on WHO’s work on disability

WHO Director-General’s message on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 

#Envision2030: 17 goals to transform the world for persons with disabilities

 

Events for the day in BC

Inclusion: The Journey to Community – Exhibition Launch

Join the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, Community Ventures Society, Inclusion BC, and the Port Moody Heritage Society for the virtual launch of the interactive exhibition, “Inclusion: The Journey to Community.”

Come learn about the history of institutionalization in B.C. and be enlightened by stories from individuals who are now living and thriving in community.

Friday December 3rd, 2021
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Register at www.inclusionbc.org/museum-launch-2021

Who the Hell is Nigel? – Film Screening

If you live in BC, you’ve probably seen his face before. Who the Hell is Nigel? is a documentary film by Window Box Media, produced with the support of TELUS, about ASL interpreter Nigel Howard:

“In this time of crisis, an unwitting hero is made of an ASL interpreter who brings a daily dose of light to COVID-19 briefings in British Columbia. Yet through Nigel Howard’s rise to fame, the underrepresentation of the Deaf community becomes evident. “Who the Hell is Nigel?” expands on the narrative beyond Nigel Howard’s rise to internet celebrity. The piece tackles three major topics: who is Nigel Howard and how he came to be famous; Deaf culture in Vancouver, both historically and at present; and the specific impact of COVID on multiple Deaf communities.”

This December 3rd, the TELUS Abilities Network is excited to host a screening of this new documentary and a panel discussion with the film crew. The screening takes place from 5:00pm – 6:30 PM PT, virtually on TELUS’ conferencing platform.

A panel discussion will follow the screening including:

  • Nigel Howard – subject of the film
  • Ladan Sharaei – consultant for the film
  • Nigel Edwards – film production team
  • Brian Ceci – film production team

Friday December 3rd, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Register at Eventbrite

* ASL interpretation and real time captioning available

Kickstart New Wave exhibition Virtual Closing Ceremony banner

New Wave – Virtual Closing Celebration

The New Wave online exhibit, presented by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, is finishing with a virtual bang! Join Kickstart on Zoom for an evening of art & community, including performances by two award winning spoken word artists, and a DJ set during intermission.

This event will give us space to come together to watch some incredible performances by disabled artists, honour the artists who exhibited their work in the online exhibition, and celebrate ourselves and our community on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Friday December 3rd, 2021
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Register to attend

* ASL interpretation & live captioning available

 

What Disability?!? – Art Exhibition

Outsiders and Others presents What Disability?!?, an exhibition in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The exhibition features work from over a dozen artists and will be displaying in their gallery on East Hastings and their window gallery on Howe Street.

December 3-19, 2021

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December 3, 2021, you are invited to join the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, Community Ventures Society, Inclusion BC, and the Port Moody Heritage Society (Port Moody Station Museum) for the virtual launch of the interactive exhibition, “Inclusion: The Journey to Community”.

Come learn about the history of institutionalization in B.C. and be enlightened by stories from individuals who are now living and thriving in community.

Register today at: inclusionbc.org/museum-launch-2021

 

Disabled People in the World in 2021: Facts and Figures

 

There are currently more than 1 billion disabled people in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) a disabled person is anyone who has “a problem in body function or structure, an activity limitation, has a difficulty in executing a task or action; with a participation restriction”.

What are the different types of disabilities? How many people are affected? Which populations are most at risk? What impact has COVID-19 had on people with disabilities? Let’s take stock of the facts and statistics around the world.

 

How many people have disabilities in the world?

You may not see disabled people in your everyday life, and yet the WHO has identified over 1 billion disabled people, 20% of whom live with great functional difficulties in their day-to-day lives.

A few outstanding figures of disability around the world (according to the WHO’s 2011 report):

⊗ 253 million people are affected by some form of blindness and visual impairment. This represents 3.2% of the world’s population. That’s twice Mexico’s population*!

⊗ 466 million people have a disabling deafness and hearing loss. This represents 6% of the world’s population, that is to say all of the inhabitants of the European Union!

⊗ About 200 million people have an intellectual disability (IQ below 75). This represents 2.6% of the world’s population. It covers the number of inhabitants in Brazil!

⊗ 75 million people need a wheelchair on a daily basis. This represents 1% of the world’s population. That’s twice Canada’s population!

These statistics may remain an evolutionary average, but one thing is certain: the number of people affected by any form of disability represents a significant part of the world population, from children to adults alike. It is also important to underline the fact that some people may have multiple disabilities. This explains why the total number of people with disabilities in the world isn’t equal to the sum of people with disabilities per disability type. Indeed, the same person can be both deaf and blind.

What does an impairment mean exactly?

⊗ Visual impairment: this concerns far-sightedness and near-sightedness so there are two types of visual impairment to distinguish between.

⊗ Hearing impairment: you can be affected by hearing loss as soon as you lose 20 decibels. It may affect one or both of your ears. Depending on their hearing loss, hearing impaired people can have hearing aids, cochlear implants, subtitles. When we refer to deaf people, this means they can’t hear anymore or barely.

⊗ Intellectual disability: the WHO defines it as “a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and to learn and apply new skills (impaired intelligence)”.

⊗ Physical disability: this includes people with a physical impairment or reduced mobility. Thus, their mobility capacity may be limited in their upper and/or lower body.

Explanation of global disability statistics

More and more people are affected by disability every year. It is often the most vulnerable people who are most at risk. The WHO says that “the number of people with disabilities is increasing because of the aging of the population and the increase of chronic diseases”.

Key facts:

⊗ 80% of disabilities are actually acquired between the ages of 18 and 64, that is to say the workforce age (according to the Disabled Living Foundation);

⊗ In 2017, people over 60 years old represented 962 million people, which was twice as many as in 1980;

⊗ 1 in 2 disabled person cannot afford treatment;

⊗ People with disabilities have a more fragile general health;

⊗ Disability increases dependency and limits participation in society;

⊗ The poverty rate is higher for people with disabilities.

These gaps are due to barriers to accessing health, education, transportation, information and work services – which many of us are taking for granted.

If we focus on children with disabilities and their access to education, the observation is quite dreadful: according to the UNICEF, around 240 million children in the world have disabilities, that is to say one child out of ten. They are 49% more likely to have never attended school compared with children without disabilities.

Depending on their disabilities, their situations and the country they live in, they are more or less included in society. Inclusion that we now set up will have a positive impact in their adult lives.

A definition of invisible disability

The concept of invisible disability takes its name from the forms of disability that are not apparent but that impact the quality of life. Among these are schizophrenia or deafness for example.

Far from clichés representing a disabled person in a wheelchair on the usual signage all over the world, the field of disability includes a vast range of disorders that are sensory, cognitive, psychological or chronic.

In the United States, about 10% of Americans have a medical condition which could be considered an invisible disability.

Learn more on this subject with our article:

Invisible Disabilities: 80% of Disabled People Are Concerned!

People with disabilities and COVID-19

2020 was truly an exhausting year due to COVID-19’s propagation all over the world. We still struggle today to get rid of it even if the incoming of several vaccines represents a beacon of hope for us all.

We aren’t all equals dealing with disease and COVID-19 doesn’t make an exception! But it’s even more striking for people with disabilities who have had to deal with challenging issues due to their disabilities! Let’s see what consequences coronavirus has had on them.

Being visually impaired and being used to dealing with your environment through touch, what can you do when the world shifts and that you cannot touch anything anymore? Blind or visually impaired people suddenly lost all of their bearings. Plus they couldn’t always rely on the help of others. A lot of people were paranoid and scared for fear they might get infected by the virus if they guided a blind person offering their arm.

For deaf or hearing impaired people, communication with others could already be challenging before dealing with everybody wearing masks. Then they couldn’t lip read or decipher people’s emotions anymore. In order to leave no one behind, some people stepped up and created an inclusive mask to help hearing impaired people communicate and understand others. An inclusive world needs to include all categories of people. The inclusive mask is a perfect example of what an inclusive society should look like despite the fact that it’s not widely used yet.

We all had to adapt after losing our bearings but it was more difficult for some than for others. Some people with an intellectual disability struggled to understand why the world suddenly stopped and everything turned upside down. For them, sticking to a routine was extremely important, something COVID-19 played havoc with, causing a severe amount of stress.

A lot of public places implemented a specific system to let people in and out in order to avoid any contamination risk.

For people with a physical disability, this could mean having to use a longer path or having to deal with narrower halls for wheelchair users. These situations can be both tiring and frustrating.

Generally speaking, a lot of people living in retirement homes or specialized medical centers were suddenly cut off from the outside world and their loved ones… Same as everybody, it had an impact, more or less important, on individuals’ mental well-being whether they have disabilities or not. Plus, the contamination risk remained present through the nursing staff. A continual and heavy stress for the families.

COVID-19 has increased inequalities in society regarding health. The United States and the European Union chose to first prioritize vaccination for the elderly, healthcare workers and people with serious health conditions. Just like a pack of wolves places its most fragile members ahead and its strongest behind to make sure that everybody gets through together. That’s the definition of solidarity!

In conclusion

As we can see, disability comes in many different forms and is progressing all over the world. While some disabilities are temporary, others, on the other hand, affect the everyday actions of people in the long term.

Getting to know more about disabled people means getting to know more about 1 billion world citizens who are longing for one thing: a more accessible world!

*For our demonstration, we took the liberty to give approximate numbers concerning the population of the mentioned countries.

Here are the correct numbers of inhabitants in 2021 for each of them:

⊗ Mexico: 130 262 000 inhabitants

⊗ European Union: around 450 million inhabitants

⊗ Brazil: 213 993 000 inhabitants

⊗ Canada: 38 068 000 inhabitants

Updated on November 26th, 2021

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Communication disabilities

Although communication is a basic human right, communication difficulties and disorders are not recognized as disabilities in many parts of the world. The ICP joins organizations from around the world advocating for people with communication disorders and raising the profile of communication disabilities.

Approximately one billion people globally experience disability. However, people with communication disabilities are probably not included in that total, even though they encounter significant difficulties in their daily lives.

 

Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action 2021

Final version

  • We, the signatories of this Charter[1], reaffirm our determination to make humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities and to take all steps to meet their essential needs and promote the protection, safety and respect for the dignity of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters.
  • We shall strive to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to humanitarian response, both in terms of protection and assistance, without discrimination, and allowing them to fully enjoy their rights. By this Charter, we reaffirm our collective will to place persons with disabilities at the centre of humanitarian response.
  • For the purpose of this Charter, persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, psychosocial, intellectual or sensory impairments, which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in, and access to, humanitarian programmes.
  • This Charter refers to all persons with disabilities, applies to all situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and at all phases of a humanitarian response, from preparedness and crisis onset through transition into recovery.
  • We recognize that further progress towards principled and effective humanitarian action will only be realized if humanitarian preparedness and response becomes inclusive of persons with disabilities, in line with the humanitarian principles of humanity and impartiality, and the human rights principles of inherent dignity, equality and non-discrimination. We recall the obligations of States under international human rights law, in particular the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, international refugee law and further stress the obligations of States and all parties to armed conflict under international humanitarian law, including their obligations under the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the obligations applicable to them under the Additional Protocols thereto of 1977, to respect and protect persons with disabilities and pay attention to their specific needs during armed conflicts.
  • With the intention of leaving no one behind, we reiterate our commitment to fully support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a core element in ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities. We highlight our will to translate into action the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and stress the necessity to support its implementation as an essential instrument to empower persons with disabilities and promote universally accessible response, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
  • We recall that persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies, and face multiple barriers in accessing protection and humanitarian assistance, including relief and recovery support. They are also particularly exposed to targeted violence, exploitation and abuse, including sexual and gender-based violence.
  • We recognize the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that further exacerbate the exclusion of all persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and whether they are living in urban, rural or remote areas, in poverty, in isolation or in institutions, and regardless of their status, including migrants, refugees or other displaced persons, and that crisis often leads to further impairment.
  • We stress the importance of improving capacity building of national and local authorities and the broader humanitarian community on issues related to persons with disabilities, including though increased awareness and adequate resourcing. We recognize that existing policies, procedures and practices on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian programs need to be strengthened and systematized. We further stress the importance of collection and analysis of disability data disaggregated by age and sex, as an important element in the design and monitoring of States’ obligations, humanitarian programming and policy as a whole.
  • We recall that persons with disabilities and their representative organizations have untapped capacity and are not sufficiently consulted nor actively involved in decision-making processes concerning their lives, including in crisis preparedness and response coordination mechanisms.

WE COMMIT TO:

2.1.      Non-discrimination

  1. Condemn and eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities in humanitarian programming and policy, including by guaranteeing protection and equal access to assistance for all persons with disabilities.
  2. Facilitate the protection and safety of all children and adults with disabilities, recognising that multiple and intersecting factors such as gender, age, ethnicity, minority status, as well as other diversity and context-specific factors necessitate distinct responses and measures.
  3. Pay specific attention to the situation of women and girls of all ages with disabilities in the context of situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and further take all necessary action to empower and protect them from physical, sexual and other forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and harassment.

2.2.      Participation

  1. Promote meaningful involvement of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the needs assessment, design, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian preparedness and response programs and draw from their leadership, skills, experience and other capabilities to ensure their active participation in decision making and planning processes including in appropriate coordination mechanisms.
  2. Work to foster inclusive community-based protection mechanisms so as to better provide tailored and context specific response and strengthen the resilience of persons with disabilities, their communities, their families and caregivers.

2.3.      Inclusive policy

  1. Engage with all relevant States, and other stakeholders and partners to ensure protection for persons with disabilities as required by international law.
  2. Develop, endorse and implement policies and guidelines based on existing frameworks and standards, supporting humanitarian actors to improve inclusion of persons with disabilities in emergency preparedness and responses.
  3. Adopt policies and processes to improve quantitative and qualitative data collection on persons with disabilities that delivers comparable and reliable evidence and is ethically collected, respectful of confidentiality and privacy. Ensure that data collected on persons with disabilities is disaggregated by age and sex, and analysed and used on an ongoing basis to assess and advance accessibility of humanitarian services and assistance, as well as participation in policy and program design, implementation and evaluation.

2.4.      Inclusive response and services

  1. Ensure that emergency and preparedness planning are designed to take into account the diverse needs of persons with disabilities.
  2. Strive to ensure that services and humanitarian assistance are equally available for and accessible to all persons with disabilities, and guarantee the availability, affordability and access to specialized services, including assistive technology in the short, medium and long term.
  3. Work towards the elimination of physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers including through systematic provision of information for all in planning, preparedness and response, and strive to ensure the accessibility of services including through universal design in programming, policies and in all post-emergency reconstruction.

2.5.      Cooperation and coordination

  1. Foster technical cooperation and coordination among national and local authorities and all humanitarian actors, including international and national civil society, UN agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and representative organisations of persons with disabilities, to facilitate cross-learning, and sharing of information, practices, tools and resources inclusive of persons with disabilities.
  2. Foster coordination between development and humanitarian actors with a view to strengthening local and national service systems inclusive of persons with disabilities and capitalizing on opportunities to rebuild more inclusive societies and communities.
  3. Sensitize all international and national humanitarian staff, local and national authorities on the rights, protection and safety of persons with disabilities and further strengthen their capacity and skills to identify and include persons with disabilities in humanitarian preparedness and response mechanisms.

[1] This document expresses our common political intention and intended course of action, however, it does not establish legally binding obligations to the States and other actors and does not affect the signatories’ existing obligations under applicable international and domestic law.

 

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Celebrating 10 Years of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 13 December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that established the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Convention’s aim is to “protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.”

Its main message is that persons with disabilities are entitled to the full spectrum of human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination. To that end, the Convention promotes the full participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life, challenging customs, stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and stigma relating to persons with disabilities.

In the 10 years since its adoption, the Convention has been one of the most quickly ratified of all the international human right treaties and, to date, more than 160 States have ratified it. Yet huge challenges remain in achieving the full enjoyment of rights by all persons with disabilities.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities monitors how countries that have ratified the Convention are doing by reviewing them regularly and issuing concrete recommendations on how violations can be tackled and rights upheld.

Film to celebrate 10 years of the CRPD

This on site called human rights with united nation click here 

 

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