The CRPD deals specifically with the rights of people with a disability. Too often in our society people with a disability face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others. Often sided-lined in the rights debate other human rights frameworks had fallen short in protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people with a disability. Informed and influenced by the lived experience of people with a disability from around the world the CRPD focuses on the challenges, struggles and necessities of a person with a disability in their interaction with society.
A paradigm shift from the charity model to a rights based approach it recognises equal treatment, equal and inclusive opportunities, social justice and full participation in community life.
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” – Nelson Mandela
The principles of social justice embrace the acknowledgment of equity, access, participation and equality, and involve:
Key Tenets of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights recognised by SUFY include:
SUFY promotes the notion of a civil society and active citizenship of people with disability. SUFY also believes that people with disability are part of the makeup of the wide diversity of our communities. People with disability are to be included and supported to participate and contribute to the rich fabric of family, neighbourhood and community life and be treated in a fair manner with respect for cultural and other differences.
SUFY’s advocacy not only promotes the right of people with disability to be in community but also to be valued participants and contributors in the usual roles and relationships of everyday life.