Education programme about Disability Convention being developed

Education programme about Disability Convention being developed

January 16, 2015

The Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is currently developing an education programme about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) for staff of disability support services.

The programme will incorporate a human rights curriculum grounded in the Disability Convention with a pan disability focus. There will be scope to add impairment-specific modules to the programme at a later date.

The project will involve the delivery and evaluation of two pilot workshops with disability support services staff, and two workshops with mixed groups of disabled people who will potentially teach the programme.

The pilots will be completed before the end of February 2015.

The purpose of the education programme is to:

  • Increase disability support services staff understanding, knowledge and  practical application of human rights and the Disability Convention
  • Increase disabled people’s capacity to deliver human rights training.

Dr Heather Barnett is leading programme development. A kaitiaki group has been established to guide the development of the programme.

The group includes: Te Huia Bill Hamilton, Lealofi Siō, Robyn Hunt, Paul Curry, Ezekiel Robson, Chris Ford, Frances Anderson and Rachel Noble.

Manase Lua, the Disability and Pacific Workforce Manager from Te Pou, will also provide guidance.

The contract for the programme is held by DPA, who are working with the seven Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs) and others.

Funding for the project is provided by Te Pou o te Whakaaro nui, on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

If you would like to know more about the project, or you are interested in participating in the pilots please email [email protected]

To find out more about the pilots go to the DPA website.

Shawn Moodie

Shawn is the Human Rights Commission's Digital Communications Advisor.

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