Disability and human rights

DATE: 10 December 2015

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In recognition of World Human Rights Day, this infographic looks at some of the key elements of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Convention was developed in 2006 and has been ratified by 208 countries, including Australia, who signed on to the Convention in 2008.​

Key findings

208 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This means that these countries undertake to:

  • Ensure children with disability have the same rights as other children.
  • Protect the physical and mental integrity of people with disability. 
  • Respect the privacy of people with disability.  
  • Identify and eliminate barriers to accessibility.  
  • Ensure mobility aids and assistance animals are available at an affordable cost.
  • Ensure people with disability can access services that build their capacity to participate in all aspects of life. 
  • Ensure equal access to lifelong learning.  
  • Ensure people with disability have the highest standard of health possible. 
  • Ensure people with disability have equal rights to work and gain a living. 
  • Ensure people with disability can vote freely in elections, and participate in public and cultural life.

View the full Convention on the UN website.​​

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