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UN adopts Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
On 13 December 2006, the General Assembly adopted a landmark disability Convention. The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the convenition represents the “dawn of a new era” for around 650 million people worldwide living with disabilities.
Human rights are universal
Deaf children have the same human rights as all other children. Human rights are universal. But, in practice those rights are violated or neglected in almost all areas of their lives. The new Convention seeks to introduce new obligations on governments and other duty bearers to take all the measures necessary to ensure that all their rights are fulfilled, protected and respected.
We want to know what you think of the convention
We are interested to find out more about what you think of the UN Convention and how it could be used as an advocacy tool in your work.
Why not tell us about your ideas or efforts to ensure the ratification and implementation of the convention in their country.
Why not post your ideas as a comment on this page or if you have more to say - you could submit a Learning from Experience case study
The right to inclusion in family life
Tell us what you think about Article 23, which gives children with disabilities equal rights with respect to family life and states that children should not be separated from his or her parents on the basis of a disability.
How might deaf children be denied this right? What can your organisation do to contribute to this right becoming a reality?
Right to inclusive and free primary education
What needs to happen in your country for Article 24, to become a reality?
Article 24 gives persons with disabilities the right to access an inclusive, quality and free primary education and secondary education on an equal basis with others in the communities in which they live. This includes a responsibility to facilitate the learning of sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the deaf community.
Inclusion in development programmes
Working together with other organisations is essential to achive Article 32,. This asks states to include measures to ensure that international cooperation, including international development programmes, is inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.
We would love to hear examples from your country of inclusive community development that has taken into account the needs of deaf children.
Investment in Sign Language training for teachers and families is needed for deaf children to have equal opportunities
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