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This report was prepared by GAATES, with funding provided by “The Delta Centre at the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs”. The objective of the report was to develop a toolkit that identifies key indicators on Universal Design and Accessibility in a national and international context. The toolkit serves to inform States Parties and is a model for signatories to the UNCRPD. Additionally, it fosters a higher level of understanding of accessibility and universal design around the world.
The toolkit identifies a set of indicators that may be relevant when the signatories compile their reports to the UN on development in the area of universal design, in accordance with their obligations to UNCRPD, especially Article 9 on Accessibility. It provides an overview of accessibility/universal design indicators and measures that have been reported on by signatories to the CRPD.
Access is seen as the route to freedom from discrimination for persons with disabilities. Entering into force on the 3 May 2008, the UN CRPD and its Optional Protocol require that states promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities, and promote respect for their inherent dignity. GAATES mission and Strategic Plan were developed to mirror the UN CRPD and to promote the adoption and implementation of this guiding document.
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The Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities explains in practical terms the rationale and objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol. It explores the ways in which parliaments can translate the rights and principles at the core of the Convention into tangible actions within their own countries.
This pioneering World Report on Disability will make a significant contribution to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the intersection of public health, human rights and development, the report is set to become a “must have” resource for policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for persons with disabilities and their families.
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Accessibility is the “spinal cord” of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities! From participation in the political process and equal recognition before the law, to full liberty of movement and inclusion in the local community, the overall goals of the CRPD cannot be achieved without a commitment to accessibility. The declaration of the Convention that the existence of a disability shall in no case justify a deprivation of liberty will require constant improvement and measurable actions towards the expansion and improvement of accessibility. [Mohammed Tarawneh, First Chair – UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)]
In order to make an inclusive society a reality, it is necessary to identify and remove barriers to access.