4 The Disability Convention features eight general principles which underpin

4 the disability convention features eight general

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4 The Disability Convention features eight general principles which underpin all the rights contained within the Disability Convention. They are: respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy – including the freedom to make one’s own choices – and independence of persons non-discrimination full and effective participation and inclusion in society respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity equality of opportunity accessibility equality between men and women respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities. 5 Australia and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The Australian Government was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008. As a signatory to the Disability Convention, the Australian Government must ensure that its legislation, policies and practices are consistent with the obligations contained in the convention. On top of this, the Australian Government must take proactive steps to uphold, promote and protect the rights of people with disability in all areas of public life.
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Disability Rights: Facilitating the empowerment of people with disability CHCDIS007 Trainer’s Manual 2016 84 Activity: Applying the general principles of the Disability Convention Activity type: Small group activity Duration: 25 minutes Equipment needed: Butchers paper, coloured markers Purpose: To encourage learners to think about the practical application of the general principles of the Disability Convention. Instructions: 1. Organise learners around desks in groups of three or four people. 2. Provide each group with a large sheet of butcher’s paper and coloured markers. 3. Allocate one of the eight general principles to each group and ask them to draw a situation where this principle is being upheld, or their representation of a community where this principle is respected. 4. Inform groups that they will have 10 minutes to complete the task and instruct them to begin. 5. After 10 minutes, ask groups to stop drawing and nominate a spokesperson for their group. 6. Ask each group to come to the front of the room with their sheet of butcher’s paper and explain their project to the rest of the class.
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Disability Rights: Facilitating the empowerment of people with disability CHCDIS007 Trainer’s Manual 2016 85 Activity: Disability Rights BINGO! Activity type: Group activity Duration: 15 minutes Equipment needed: Disability Convention Bingo Sheets (located at the end of this Trainer’s Manual), Learner Guide (pages 69-71) Purpose: To familiarise learners with the articles of the Disability Convention Instructions: 1. Ask learners to partner up with another person to complete the activity and provide each pair with a Disability Convention Bingo Sheet (there are 15 in total).
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