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People with Communication Disability Speak Up for Inclusion and Participation: How the Implementation of the CRPD and the SDGs can Support this Right (COSP12 Side Event)
12 Jun 2019 -  Side Event at the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 10-13 June 2019.
Communication is a fundamental human right and yet people with communication disability are often denied the right to "freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information" (Art.21) and rights and freedoms regarding "communication" and "language" (Art.2). This side event will increase awareness of this (often) invisible disability and discuss proposals to strengthen effective transnational cooperation to promote a human rights-based approach to inclusion and participation. Presenters with communication disabilities and others from government and civil society will speak to the COSP sub-themes: how technology can support communication accessibility, the importance of effective communication to attain a high standard of health (and education), and the need for social inclusion and equal participation in cultural life, recreation, and leisure. The prevalence and impact of communication disability on SDGs relating to poverty, health and education will be highlighted.
Speakers: Gail Mulcair, SPA; Prof Sharynne McLeod, SPA/CSU; Meredith Allen, ISAAC; Miles Forma, Disability Advocate; Julia McGeown, HI-UK; Derek Munn, RCSLT/Moderator; tbc, Australian HRC.
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