Access to information: from principles to practice

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

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Access to information: from principles to practice

  1. 1. Accessible Information and Human Rights from Principle to Practice Robyn Hunt AccEase
  2. 2. 5% Only 5% of print information is ever translated into alternative formats
  3. 3. What I will cover <ul><li>A new approach to disability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>that the CRPD has enabled </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understanding disability in the CRPD </li></ul><ul><li>Disability and human rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>some history and the significance of Brussels sprouts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Disability Rights Convention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>some important facts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What does the CRPD say about access to information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>there is clear guidance on practical application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The CRPD in practice </li></ul>
  4. 4. Impact of the CRPD <ul><li>Marks a sea change in the way disabled people and their issues and rights can be understood. </li></ul><ul><li>These developments present exciting opportunities for fundamental and far-reaching changes to the lives of disabled people. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The CRPD perspective <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>It sees disability is an evolving concept, allows for change and development. </li></ul>
  6. 6. About the Disability Rights Convention <ul><li>The CRPD is the first UN human rights Convention of the 21st Century. </li></ul><ul><li>It was developed in five years. </li></ul><ul><li>It was the first ever to involve disabled people and their organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled people and their organisations forged international alliances </li></ul><ul><li>The CRPD includes a mixture of civil & political rights and economic social and cultural rights </li></ul><ul><li>The Convention does not grant any new rights. </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand ratified the CRPD in 2008. It is now international law. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The CRPD and access to information <ul><li>Article 9 Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Article 21 freedom of expression and opinion and access to information </li></ul><ul><li>CRPD http:// www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid =13&pid=150 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Example of what has happened <ul><li>Passage of the Sign Language Act. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Zealand Sign Language third national language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Result </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>increased confidence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deaf people pursued access to captioned movies in cinemas, an example of private sector attention to human rights </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. More examples of what has happened <ul><li>Rights and responsibilities as citizens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accessible information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>right to vote in local government and parliamentary elections, (Article 29 participation in political and public life.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Zealand’s recent natural disasters Christchurch and Hawkes Bay . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Article 11 situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bankers Association guidelines for services to their older and disabled customers, include accessible information. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What can we do? <ul><li>Learn about the CRPD and human rights. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.odi.govt.nz www.hrc.co.nz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help people to complain constructively and strategically, and as groups </li></ul><ul><li>Educate information providers about accessible information Advocate in your communities for information to be provided accessibly </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with the wider disability community, especially those who are print-disabled, to think and act strategically about priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a business case for the private sector in your community. </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge and celebrate best practice, progress and successful outcomes. Give credit where credit is due. </li></ul><ul><li>Check: is your own information accessible? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions - Discussion Robyn Hunt AccEase Ltd Ph: 64 4 939 0445 Mob: 027 449 3019 Web: www.AccEase.com Blog: www.lowvisionary.com

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