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Its About Ability Learning Guide English

Its About Ability Learning Guide English

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Learning Guide on the Convention onthe Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This guide was written by Valerie Karr, a Ph.D candidate at TeachersCollege, Columbia University and an expert in the feld o child educationand disability.The guide is a companion to the publication
It’s About Abilit
, a child-riendly booklet version o the UN Convention on the Rights o Personswith Disabilities. The development o both materials was initiated atUNICEF under the leadership o the Child Protection Section, withsupport rom the Adolescent Development and Participation Unit. Theguide and booklet were edited and produced by UNICEF’s Division oCommunication.UNICEF would like to thank Rosangela Berman Bieler and SergioMeresman o the Inter-American Institute on Disability and InclusiveDevelopment or peer-reviewing the guide. We also expressappreciation to the many other people who commented on successivedrats: Helen Schulte (UNICEF), Ravi Karkara (UNICEF), Shaila ParveenLuna (UNICEF), Lena Karlsson (UNICEF Innocenti Research Center),Cristina Gallegos (UNICEF) , Jaclyn Tierney (UNICEF) and Carolina Hepp(UNICEF).The ollowing works have inspired the writing o this guide in manyways: Victor Santiago Pineda, ounder o the Victor Pineda Foundationand author o
It’s About Ability; 
Katherine N. Guernsey and Joelle M.Bale, co-authors o
Human Rights. YES! 
and Nancy Flowers, editor;Advocating Change Together (ACT) Minnesota, a grassroots disabilityrights organization run by and or people with developmental and otherdisabilities; Janet E. Lord, LLB, LLM, LLM, partner, BlueLaw InternationalLLP and co-author o
Human Rights. YES!: Action and advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities 
, who thoughtully reviewed
It’s AbouAbility 
; Hugh Vesquez, M. Nell Myhand and Allan Creighton with theTodos Institute whose
Making Allies, Making Friends 
curriculum inspiredthe outline or some o the thoughtul participatory learning sessions oryoung people.UNICEF grateully acknowledges the generous support or this projectrom the German Committee or UNICEF.
© United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)May 2009Permission to reproduce any part o thispublication is required. Please contact theDevelopment Proessionals Section,Division o Communication, UNICEF.3 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USATel: (+1-212) 326-7434Fax: (+1-212) 303-7985Email: nyhdoc.permit@unice.orgPermission will be reely granted to educationalor non-proft organizations. Others will berequested to pay a small ee.Cover illustration by Lea Nohemí HernándezBook design by BlissDesign.com
Participatory human rights education:How to use this guide 2Facilitators notes 3Unit I: Introduction to human rightsand disability 7
Human diversityand human rights             8
Valuing dierences 8What are human rights? 10
United Nations Conventionon the Rights o Persons withDisabilities 14
 Diagrams illustrating theinterdependence o rights 17Social model o disability 20
Unit II: Respect or the individual     24
Equality andnon-discrimination           25
Discrimination 26Myths and stereotypes 27Respect 29Equal inclusion 31
Freedom romviolence and abuse 34
Saety 34Violence and abuse 36 Freeze! Stopping violenceand abuse 41
Home and amily 44
Right to home and amily 44Family support 46
Unit III: Inclusion in the community 49
Accessibility andindependent living 50
Project access 51Independent living tree 54
Education 57
Reaching or the stars 58Bullies 60Our class 63
Unit IV: Change in society 65
Advocacy and action 66
Raising awareness 67What is an advocate? 69Action planning 71
Unit V: Your eedback is important! 76Key terms used in this guide 78Resources
 Handout 1: Child-riendly versiono the United Nations Conventionon the Rights o Persons withDisabilities (UNCRPD) 81 Handout 2: Dierent typesoability 86Annex I: Tips or inclusion 87
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