Today, December 3, is the United Nations International Day of Disabled People.
The theme this year is:
Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.
All around the world disabled people and their supporters and allies plan events and celebrations to support the theme on this day. Of course removing barriers should be an everyday activity everywhere, but the international day gives us an opportunity to focus on a particular theme.
I will attend the launch of New Zealand’s annual monitoring report to Parliament by the designated monitoring group. The group consists of The Convention Coalition of disabled people’s organisations, The New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman. I was a member of the team who wrote the report.
This report will be another useful tool for disabled people here to use in their advocacy for justice and human rights. It should make interesting reading. After the launch, I will publish the link on Twitter, @AccEase, on our web site, and the AccEase Facebook page. Future blogs will explore themes from the report.