Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021 (Accessible Island) adopts the definition of persons with disabilities in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (Article 1):

Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Source: Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Accessible Island adopts the principles agreed in the CRPD:

  • respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons;
  • non-discrimination;
  • full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
  • respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disability as part of human diversity and humanity;
  • equality of opportunity;
  • accessibility;
  • equality between men and women; and
  • respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disability to preserve their identities.

“Disability is not inability.”

“Let us work together for a world of opportunity and dignity for all, a future of inclusion, one in which we all gain by leaving no one behind.”

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General,
marking the tenth anniversary of the CRPD, 14 June 2016.

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