Disability rights training manual: Human Rights. YES!

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One of the oldest and best known disability rights training manuals is Human Rights. YES! First, it explains why we need to understand disability as a human rights issue. It includes many examples of deafness as a human rights issue. Meanwhile, it explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Thus, it summarizes each human right that the CRPD covers. Next, it explains how to advocate for deaf and disability rights. An appendix provides a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It also provides a “simple language” version and a summary. The appendix also provides a copy of the full CRPD text.

Trainers can use the disability rights manual to provide a long training program on disability rights. Or trainers also can use the manual to provide a shorter training program. For example, a short training session could focus on one specific human right.

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center published the manual in 2007. In consequence, statistics are old. For example, it says that 10 percent of the world population are people with disabilities. But today, the World Health Organization says 15 percent of the world population have disabilities. Meanwhile, most of the manual is timeless and relevant any year.

Most of this PDF file is accessible for people using screen reading software. But images do not use alternate text to describe them for people who can’t see. Most images are only illustrations for visual appeal, not for information. One image is a chart, called the “sample effect cascade”. The directions for creating an “effect cascade” describe the sample.

Also explore other deaf and disability rights training manuals.

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