Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others every day. They are denied their rights to be included in the general school system, to be employed, to live independently in the community, to move freely, to vote, to participate in sport and cultural activities, to enjoy social protection, to access justice, to choose medical treatment and to enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property… Persons with disabilities have, however, remained largely ‘invisible’, often side-lined in the rights debate and unable to enjoy the full range of human rights.
Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are covered in the Youth Health section.
People With Disability: a dedicated students’ section which is full of information about disabilities, rights and movements, including news and media releases.
Australian Network on Disability: statistics, facts, an infographic and information on employment and inclusive language.
United Nations: 10% of the world’s population live with disability. How can we ensure equity to them and stop them becoming victims?
End the Cycle of Poverty and Disability: stories to inspire you and encourage you to raise your voice and join the movement of support.
Australian Human Rights Commission: find out about disability rights in Australia, public inquiries and disability action plans.
UNICEF: this site focuses on children with disabilities – one of the most marginalised and excluded groups in society. It links to photos and videos, statistical information, graphics and more, including reports on what is improving, how and why.
World Health Organisation: 10 facts on disability, a world report, rehabilitation and an overview of disabilities.
Equal Opportunity Tasmania: focuses on disability discrimination and describes situations where this is against the law in Tasmania.
Human Rights Commission Victoria: disability rights are explained, with a particular focus on how they apply in Victoria. Examples of discrimination are covered as well as information on how to make a complaint.
Twenty Years – Twenty Stories: short films which tell the stories of people who have used the Disability Discrimination Act to improve the lives of people with disability around Australia.
End the cycle of poverty and disability: short videos where people share their stories to help end the cycle of poverty and disability.
What’s disability to me?: a series of five videos where people with a disability speak about their lives. Highlights of these videos can be seen in the WHO video above.
Disability Rights – What about Doug’s Rights? (Part 1 and Part 2): explores the concepts of disability discrimination. It tells of a school student (Doug) who returns to school after a serious basketball accident.
View the short video of a restaurateur who is making a difference: his restaurant is staffed with deaf waiters.
Bruno Mars ‘The Lazy Song” in American Sign Language: 4 minute music video created with 100% deaf cast and crew.
Educating Yorkshire – Mushy finds his voice: 5 minute video where a student works to overcome his severe stammer.
OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES
A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as disability. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.