Thursday, 19 January 2017

Rights, discrimination

Feeling Streepy
Susan Fleming, All Born In, 16 January 2017
... but we do need some new stories. Some main characters. With plots that don’t fit a tiny cliched mold. People with disabilities are complex, dynamic people living complex, dynamic lives ...

Be brave and speak up for your rights
Leigh Creighton, Newcastle Herald, 13 January 2017
Human rights violations happen only in far away, mostly war-torn countries right?

Wrong. In Australia, our lucky, war-free country, virtually every person with a disability experiences rights violations at some point in their life. For many, these violations occur not just once, but daily ...

Facebook video reminder of violence faced by disabled Americans
David Perry, CNN, 5 January 2017
... The racist comments are inflammatory. People -- via both formal and social media -- have expressed outrage. But while the nature of the remarks on the video have unsurprisingly sparked much discussion about race, Trump and the live streaming of crimes, something important risks being overlooked: the chilling, everyday, truth that to be disabled in America is to be at greater risk of violence ...

How Is The World Treating People With Disabilities?
Susan Brink, NPR, 18 December 2016
In the ten years since the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by 168 countries, there has been both progress and stubborn obstacles ...

Christine Linden, ANZ Blue Notes, 2 December 2016
Almost 20 per cent of Australians, around four million people, live with a disability. However, the employment of people with disability in Australia lags well behind other OECD countries –ranking 21st out of 29 OECD in this area. Australia also has a poor track record of recognising human rights for people with disability, ranking last (27th of 27) in OECD countries for people with a disability living in or near poverty.

These statistics alone should provide a powerful trigger to attitude-change towards people with disability ...

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