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Knowing your rights

Still dealing with out-dated discrimination, unnecessary barriers and negative attitudes? Still? In 2011??

Our legal position as people with disabilities is undergoing some extremely exciting developments at the moment.

The first ever World Report on Disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish.

The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (also known as the 'CRPD' or 'the Convention') is currently being ratified in nations across the globe. Individual countries are joining the Convention one by one. It's a fantastic development that's happening right now. Nations are signing up to promise that they will develop and carry out policies, laws and administrative measures for securing the rights of their citizens who live with disabilities. They also undertake to abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination.

  • Keep up to date with UN media releases for the latest proceedings and signatories.
  • Education is specifically addressed in Article 24. This section of international law has been led in UN debate by Sydneysider Rosemary Kayess - an inspiring human rights lawyer based at UNSW who lives with spinal cord injury.
  • Australia's current position on the Convention is outlined on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Your education rights are protected under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). Check how the DDA Education Standards affect you, particularly as a new student as you get ready for uni.

The UTS Equity and Diversity Unit promote awareness of diversity and inclusion across the University.

NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre (DDLC), chaired by Rosemary Kayess, provides specialist advice, should you need it.