The convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

A training guide

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The Training Guide is for facilitators of training courses on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol who are already familiar with the international human rights system. The Convention challenges customs and behaviour based on stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and stigma relating to persons with disabilities, and promotes their full participation in all spheres of life. It is already applicable in 137 countries around the world. The Training Guide’s methodology is interactive and promotes a participatory approach. Its modules can be used to develop tailored training courses to meet the needs of specific audiences (government officials, health professionals, civil society, employers’ organizations, etc.). It is also helpful as a general information resource on the Convention and its Optional Protocol.

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What is disability?

Module 1 explains the concept of disability, a fundamental step in understanding why the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was necessary. The module identifies the modern concept of “how disability works” and then places this in the historical context of various approaches to disability based on charity or on the medical diagnosis of impairments. The module examines some of the latter’s consequences and then introduces the human rights approach, which paves the way for module 2. There is some duplication of slides in modules 1 and 2, because module 1 could potentially be presented independently of module 2 or similar concepts could be raised in both modules to reinforce them, depending on the training course and the participants. The facilitator can always pick the slides that fit the presentation.

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