The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents

Further submission from the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE)

  The Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE) has already entered a submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for your meeting with the Minister for Disabled People on Tuesday 18 November concerning ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons.

  We believe the following questions to be essential concerning the DCSF's intention to issue interpretive declarations or reservations on Article 24 in respect of disabled children's inclusion in mainstream schools, and would ask for your support in this matter.

Question 1.  Policies of other government departments and indeed cross-governmental policies concerning disabled adults (e.g Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People; Valuing People; Getting a Life) all insist explicitly on the right of "inclusion" for disabled people in mainstream life and institutions. Does the Minister not think that the inclusion of disabled children (the disabled adults of the future) in local mainstream schools will make their inclusion in adulthood easier to achieve?

Question 2.  Setting the Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons alongside UN criticism of the UK for failing "to develop a comprehensive national strategy for the inclusion of children with disability in the society" (53d of the UN's recommendations, 3 October 2008), does the Minister not think that children come under the heading of "persons" and schools under that of "the society"?

17 November 2008

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