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Disability Rights Training

Disabled people (and Deaf people) can use this manual for training colleagues at your organization on disability human rights. The manual explains what human rights are, and their history with disabled people. It also explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which is an important international human rights treaty for people with disabilities. It provides examples of how the CRPD has been used in the United Kingdom and in Europe.

Content Useful Outside the UK?

Disability Awareness in Action wrote this manual for disability organizations in the United Kingdom (UK). Some of the content focuses on the needs of the UK disability community. But it may be possible to adapt some content for use in other countries. Trainers may need to supplement the manual with information about the laws and CRPD implementation in your country.

This manual published in 2011. Because it is old, the manual does not mention that the United Nations in 2016 found the UK had committed “grave and systematic violations” of disability rights.

Adapting the Manual for Deaf Rights

This manual is about disability rights in general, with only a little mention focused on Deaf people. Deaf trainers in Deaf organizations will want to supplement this manual with more content on Deaf rights.  For example, when using the manual to train people about the CRPD, trainers can add more detail about Articles 2, 9, 21, 24, and 30. These five articles in the CRPD all mention Deaf people. Trainers can also refer people to a few national sign language translations and summaries of the CRPD. The World Federation of the Deaf has produced a CRPD translation in International sign.

Accessibility

The PDF version of this manual is partly accessible for people using screen reading software. We were unable to assess if the RTF version of this manual is accessible for people using screen reading software.

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