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Summary

This one-day training provides a comprehensive introduction to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) approaching disability from a human rights context. It discusses the background and the development of the convention and guides participants in detail through the rights enshrined in the CRPD Convention, the practicalities of upholding these rights and how to make a complaint under the Convention.

People with disability have long experienced human rights violations and been treated as invisible excluded from full participation in society. Despite the emergence of a number of human rights conventions internationally as well as domestic legislations which offer considerable potential to protect their human rights, people with disability have continued to be marginalised and have their human rights denied. 

In 2008, the CRPD Convention clearly identified the rights of people with disability and created obligations for States parties to the Convention to promote, protect and uphold these rights.  Australia became a party to the Convention in 2008 and acceded to the Optional Protocol in 2009. As a result Australia is bound by the principles and obligations set forth in them to ensure that the rights of people with disability are guaranteed. Yet there remains relatively little understanding of the key rights defined in the Convention and the extent to which the denial or infringement of even one right can impact on the ability to lead an inclusive life and the enjoyment of basic human rights. Similarly,  there is little knowledge of the avenues of recourse available to ensure that these rights are upheld.

Learning Objectives

  • To gain understanding of the historical context of the development of the Convention.
  • To provide information about what the adoption of the Convention means for countries party to it, such as Australia.
  • To recognise the key rights of people with disability as set out in the convention, the interdependence of these rights and the challenge of implementing these rights.
  • To raise awareness of the complaints process open to individuals under the Convention.
  • To assist participants in recognising how they can apply the principles in the Convention in their workplace and society.