Presentation on theme: "Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation: Fulfilling the Intent of the CRPD Presentation by Anne Hawker, RI President 2 nd Conference of States Parties."— Presentation transcript:
Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation: Fulfilling the Intent of the CRPD Presentation by Anne Hawker, RI President 2 nd Conference of States Parties United Nations, New York September 2-4, 2009
Relationship between accessibility and reasonable accommodation Both are core to the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in society Denial of reasonable accommodation as a form of discrimination Accessibility – principle and article –impact broader Unlike accessibility, the right to benefit from reasonable accommodation is immediately applicable
Definition of reasonable accommodation CRPD, article 2: Reasonable accommodation means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms... Often referred to as Reasonable adjustment Reasonable modification
Features of reasonable accommodation Under the CRPD: not limited to employment, but covers education, accessibility, health, access to justice, legal capacity and others A focus on an individual case and what needs to be done to ensure that the particular person can participate fully (though the adjustment may be of benefit to others) It is reasonable accommodation or adjustment that is required – if an undue burden/hardship or disproportionate burden is involved, then not reasonable. Myths regarding costs
Implementation strategies Changes to national laws to ensure that reasonable accommodation reflects the breadth of application as envisaged under the CRPD Development of guidelines to demonstrate the intent contained in CRPD Provision of accessible information on the right of people with disabilities to accessible accommodation Setting clear accountabilities on State agencies Training and attitude change
Conclusion Crucial to the effective implementation of the UNCRPD, is area of accessibility. Social model and inclusive development Much can already be done as it is discriminatory not provide reasonable accommodations and is immediately applicable An important area for international and regional co-operation to learn from each other Nothing about us, without us.