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How can you take the high-level information accessibility rights in the CRPD and translate them into everyday practice?

How can you take the high-level information accessibility rights in the CRPD and translate them into everyday practice?



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  • Accessible Information and Human Rights from Principle to Practice Robyn Hunt AccEase
  • 5% Only 5% of print information is ever translated into alternative formats
  • What I will cover
    • A new approach to disability
      • that the CRPD has enabled
    • Understanding disability in the CRPD
    • Disability and human rights
      • some history and the significance of Brussels sprouts
    • The Disability Rights Convention
      • some important facts
    • What does the CRPD say about access to information
      • there is clear guidance on practical application
    • The CRPD in practice
  • Impact of the CRPD
    • Marks a sea change in the way disabled people and their issues and rights can be understood.
    • These developments present exciting opportunities for fundamental and far-reaching changes to the lives of disabled people.
  • The CRPD perspective
    • The CRPD takes a broad and inclusive view of disability, acknowledging the complexity of the relationship between a person’s impairment and the surrounding disabling social and physical environment .
    • It sees disability is an evolving concept, allows for change and development.
  • About the Disability Rights Convention
    • The CRPD is the first UN human rights Convention of the 21st Century.
    • It was developed in five years.
    • It was the first ever to involve disabled people and their organisations.
    • Disabled people and their organisations forged international alliances
    • The CRPD includes a mixture of civil & political rights and economic social and cultural rights
    • The Convention does not grant any new rights.
    • New Zealand ratified the CRPD in 2008. It is now international law.
  • The CRPD and access to information
    • Article 9 Accessibility
    • Article 21 freedom of expression and opinion and access to information
    • CRPD http:// =13&pid=150
  • Example of what has happened
    • Passage of the Sign Language Act.
      • New Zealand Sign Language third national language
      • Result
        • increased confidence
        • Deaf people pursued access to captioned movies in cinemas, an example of private sector attention to human rights
  • More examples of what has happened
    • Rights and responsibilities as citizens
      • accessible information
      • right to vote in local government and parliamentary elections, (Article 29 participation in political and public life.)
    • New Zealand’s recent natural disasters Christchurch and Hawkes Bay .
      • (Article 11 situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies.)
    • Bankers Association guidelines for services to their older and disabled customers, include accessible information.
  • What can we do?
    • Learn about the CRPD and human rights.
    • Help people to complain constructively and strategically, and as groups
    • Educate information providers about accessible information Advocate in your communities for information to be provided accessibly
    • Engage with the wider disability community, especially those who are print-disabled, to think and act strategically about priorities.
    • Create a business case for the private sector in your community.
    • Acknowledge and celebrate best practice, progress and successful outcomes. Give credit where credit is due.
    • Check: is your own information accessible?
  • Questions - Discussion Robyn Hunt AccEase Ltd Ph: 64 4 939 0445 Mob: 027 449 3019 Web: Blog: