CPC-Workshop E - Access to Assistive Technologies: Implementation of Standards Across the Commonwealth Parliaments
Important progress has been made in the decade since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). But more needs to be done. Despite constituting approximately 15% of the world’s population, persons with disabilities continue to be disproportionately represented in governance and at all levels of decision-making. Persons with disabilities historically and globally have been the subject of cultural and legal hindrances which have limited their ability over generations to reach their full potential. Today, persons with disabilities participate in terms of real numbers in a minimal way in the political/parliamentary process despite their representation in populations globally.
Inclusive and representative parliaments are crucial to ensuring a healthy and fair democracy. Legislative and policy work can have a tremendous impact on the lives of persons with disabilities, both articulating the rights that persons with disabilities are entitled to and protecting them from discrimination in political, economic and social spheres. Parliament has a particular responsibility to serve as a role model for society and to lead the way in creating a disability-responsive government at the national and local levels.
The Workshop will comprise of an demonstration of technology followed by a panel discussion, and will conclude with a Q&A session.
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