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Tracking implementation of the CRPD in South Africa and elsewhere
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UN Enable - 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 9-11 June 2015

8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 9-11 June 2015
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Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, seven sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters.

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NHS to offer safer Down's syndrome test to pregnant women

NHS to offer safer Down's syndrome test to pregnant women | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Non-invasive prenatal test allows screening without risk of miscarriage but critics fear it could lead to an increase in terminations
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Will this lead to a world without children with Down Syndrome?
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National Department of Basic Education > Minister Motshekga hosts Education Excellence Awar

National Department of Basic Education > Minister Motshekga hosts Education Excellence Awar | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Full Service and Special Schools are a major policy thrust in the sector to ensure the delivery of quality public education for all learners. The broad school community is now accepting and respecting the fact that all learners are different in some way and have different learning needs which are equally valued. By awarding these schools it places the focus on respecting differences and maximising the potential of all. Furthermore, it emphasises DBE’s vision that all our people have access to lifelong learning as well as education and training which will in turn contribute towards improving the quality of life and building a prosperous and democratic South Africa.
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The DBE is committed to achieving SDG Goal 4 to achieve Quality Inclusive Education and Life Long Learning for All by recognising excellence in Inclusive Education.
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Beware the steady march of mediocrity

Beware the steady march of mediocrity | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it

The Rand Daily Mail – Now there is the threat of an exit-level certificate at Grade 9, which basically means we do not believe that tens of thousands of children can make it through 12 years of schooling. What we should be saying is that we failed to teach all children equally and effectively through grade school.

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Whereas the efforts of ensuring that all children in the GET band have access to quality education and support, should never stop, there should be opportunities for learners with learning difficulties to obtain an accredited certificate which gives them access to employment or to a trades and occupations pathway. All growing economies see the value of an increase in the number of students that follow vocational and occupational pathway.

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Whereas the efforts of ensuring that all children in the GET band have access to quality education and support, should never stop, there should be opportunities for learners with learning difficulties to obtain an accredited certificate which gives them access to employment or to a trades and occupations pathway. All growing economies see the value of an increase in the number of students that follow vocational and occupational pathway.

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Down syndrome screening isn’t about public health. It’s about eliminating a group of people.

Down syndrome screening isn’t about public health. It’s about eliminating a group of people. | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Life with Down syndrome is still worth living.Recent research in Britain indicates that introducing the NIPT leads to a higher uptake of screening. With termination rates varying around the world from about 67 percent in the United States to an average of 92 percent in Europe, this will promote even more intensive de-selection of fetuses with Down syndrome, which in turn will negatively affect their position in society.
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Screening and selection say nothing about the inherent worth of people with Down syndrome. They say everything about the elevation of the capacity for economic achievement above other human traits.

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Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making

Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Many people with disabilities are not allowed to make the most basic decisions about how to lead their own lives. “Supported decision making” can change this.
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Having legal capacity means having the right to make decisions that affect your own life. It’s a fundamental right that people with disabilities are routinely denied. 

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Disability Advocate Wins Acclaimed International Prize - Disability Scoop

Disability Advocate Wins Acclaimed International Prize - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
An award that's previously gone to the likes of the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa will this year honor a man who's focused on making life better for people with
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Jean Vanier, 86, founded L’Arche, a network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together. Today, there are 147 such communities in 35 countries, including 18 in the United States.

"People with intellectual disability have taught me about what it means to be human and about how our societies can be transformed to become more peaceful and unified."

 

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Academy Awards Ad Makes Pitch To Disability Market - Disability Scoop

Academy Awards Ad Makes Pitch To Disability Market - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
A national television ad debuting during the Oscars is designed to spark conversation about how people with disabilities consume entertainment.
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“We want to create opportunities for people who love film and television, but who might not have the opportunity to experience it to its fullest,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Comcast’s vice president of accessibility who is blind himself. “By bringing the talking guide to as many people as possible, we can help to bridge that gap and make entertainment just as compelling, captivating and fun for people with a visual disability as it is for anyone else.”

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Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked

Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed.
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Harkin said it was “another sad, irresponsible day in the U.S. Senate” after Lee’s objection derailed his hope for a new vote.

Earlier this week, the United Nations announced that 150 countries have ratified the disability treaty. Unbelievable that the US has not yet ratified the Convention.

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10 Things the World Can Learn From People With Disabilities

10 Things the World Can Learn From People With Disabilities | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
People with disabilities are especially influential, as our hardships in life aren't easily forgotten. We go through every day with determination and strength, which many people are bowled over by, with many secretly wondering if they could do the sa...
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Inspirational!

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Increase in number of special school pupils reverses trend towards inclusion - Education - TES News

Increase in number of special school pupils reverses trend towards inclusion - Education - TES News | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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The figures have sparked fears that the pressure to raise standards means that mainstream schools are becoming more reluctant to offer places for children with special needs.

 
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Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds - Disability Scoop

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.
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For most parents of children with disabilities this is self evident. But most people only believe what researchers have confirmed.

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Nelson Mandela: Google Doodle celebrates 96th birthday of former South ... - The Independent

Nelson Mandela: Google Doodle celebrates 96th birthday of former South ... - The Independent | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Nelson Mandela: Google Doodle celebrates 96th birthday of former South ...
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National Department of Basic Education > Resources > Legislation > Call for Comments > Draft Policy for the Provision of Quality Education and Support to Children with Disability

National Department of Basic Education > Resources > Legislation > Call for Comments > Draft Policy for the Provision of Quality Education and Support to Children with Disability | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
South African National Department of Basic Education
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Addressing the right to basic education of children with severe to profound intellectual disability
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Top 10 Movies That Depict Mental Illness

Sometimes a character’s anguish, paranoia, depression or madness simply jumps off the screen. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we countdown the Top 1
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Mental health conditions are most neglected when it comes to the provision of support services

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Employable Me - Matthew - BBC Three

Employable Me - Matthew - BBC Three | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Matthew's five-year job search has proved unfruitful so far, but he's determined to get a break so he can move out of his parents' home and find a girlfriend. Down's syndrome has not stopped him gaining college diplomas, and he's not going to let it to stop him joining the mainstream workforce. Will a hospitality role on the railways prove the perfect opening for Matthew t
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All Lives Matter | Karen Gaffney | TEDxPortland - YouTube

May 30, 2015 - TEDxPortland. Karen Gaffney left the Rose City and the World in awe with a captivating Talk that explored the history, current state and progr...
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What an astounding speech to open the eyes of the world.

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Deputy Secretary-General Tells States Parties 2006 Disabilities Convention Marked Conceptual Shift from Charity to Human Rights-Based Approach | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases

Deputy Secretary-General Tells States Parties 2006 Disabilities Convention Marked Conceptual Shift from Charity to Human Rights-Based Approach | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
I commend the Convention’s 154 States parties and the 86 that have ratified or acceded to its Optional Protocol.  I invite these States to adopt laws and policies which give effect to the rights enshrined in the Convention.  In doing so, you translate these rights into reality.  This will also provide a substantive platform for a rights-based implementation of the forthcoming sustainable development goals.  Similarly, I call on all other countries to join the Convention and carry out its provisions.

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Mr Eliasson commends the Convention’s 154 States parties and the 86 that have ratified or acceded to its Optional Protocol and invites these States to adopt laws and policies which give effect to the rights enshrined in the Convention.  In doing so, translating these rights into reality.  This will also provide a substantive platform for a rights-based implementation of the forthcoming sustainable development goals. - South Africa is already far advanced in preparing such legislation.

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I commend the Convention’s 154 States parties and the 86 that have ratified or acceded to its Optional Protocol.  I invite these States to adopt laws and policies which give effect to the rights enshrined in the Convention.  In doing so, you translate these rights into reality.  This will also provide a substantive platform for a rights-based implementation of the forthcoming sustainable development goals.  Similarly, I call on all other countries to join the Convention and carry out its provisions.

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Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist

Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Charged with welcoming world leaders and handling the official guest book, the newly-appointed White House receptionist just happens to be deaf.
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I would like to show this to the manager of my local Pick 'n Pay store who insists that his Deaf employee can never go beyond the job of a packer!

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Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence - Disability Scoop

Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Children who inherit genes that raise the risk of autism but don't actually develop the disorder may inherit higher-than-average intelligence, researchers say.
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Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son's Diagnosis - Disability Scoop

Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son's Diagnosis - Disability Scoop | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
A short film documenting the intimate thoughts and fears of a couple after learning that their baby was born with a rare disability is up for an Oscar.
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We really felt our life ended at that time,” Śliwiński told TODAY. “We thought we had to be locked at home with Leo, have no friends, so filming was therapy for us.”

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How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams? - Pacific Standard

How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams? - Pacific Standard | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams?
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... into “clinical” problems, it's worth acknowledging this.

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Sir Quentin Blake’s new children's book a celebration of disability

Sir Quentin Blake’s new children's book a celebration of disability | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
Sir Quentin Blake hopes more writers and illustrators will follow his lead as he prepares to release a children’s book that celebrates youngsters with disabilities.
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Would love to see this book?

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SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 - Publications - GOV.UK

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 - Publications - GOV.UK | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
The statutory special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 in England.
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Hoping that this new policy will promote inclusive education in the UK.

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IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success

IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success | Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | Scoop.it
UK doctors report first pregnancy from new procedure in couple who had high risk of passing on lethal disease to their child
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Which diseases are legal diseases? Down Syndrome?

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