For Deaf Children Too: Helping Bring the CRPD to Young People
Deaf rights are human rights. Children’s rights are human rights too. But Deaf people of all ages, in all countries, have their rights violated every day. In some countries, deaf people still are not allowed to drive, or marry who they choose, or grow up with sign language. In some countries, children and young people–deaf or hearing–are not listened to when they try to tell adults about serious problems or ask for help.
A new international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meant to help protect the rights of all children and adults with disabilities–including Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing people too. But the convention will only work if more countries sign, ratify, and implement the convention. And more people also need to learn about it and understand it. That includes Deaf children and youth, too.
UNICEF is calling all young people to share their ideas for the child-friendly text of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention is an agreement between countries to make sure that children and adults with disabilities are treated fairly and in the same ways as same as other people. UNICEF wants young people to know about it.
UNICEF has launched an online discussion. This discussion gives young people the opportunity to comment on the child-friendly text. Your contribution will help to put the Convention into the hands of children and young people. This way they will know what governments have promised to do to make sure that every child with disability has what he/she needs to grow, play, participate and go to school, and to reach its full potential as others.
At the UNICEF web site, you can download the “child-friendly” text of the convention in PDF or in Word. If you are a facilitator conducting a focus group, then you can also downloand a Facilitator’s Guide. If you work with deaf children as a teacher, a social worker, a Mom, or any other context, then perhaps YOU could facilitate a focus group with Deaf children and teenagers to gather their feedback on the child-friendly text for UNICEF.
You can also answer questions that ask what you thought about the child-friendly text and how it can be made better so that children and young people will understand it. Your answers can be entered at the UNICEF web site or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, follow the link to http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_cfc_questionnaire.php
I originally posted part of this announcement at my disability and development blog, We Can Do.