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Persons with Disabilities

NGO Forum, World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination
Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, August 27-Sept 1, 2001

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104. Persons with disabilities are vulnerable or affected by multiple and intersectional discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age and other grounds and are victims of governmental and societal neglect.

105. A growing number of persons with disabilities are also victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, especially in situations of conflict and when victimised by religious persecution and other forms of intolerance.

106. In particular, persons with disabilities experience grave discrimination in having access to health, education, employment, sports, accommodation as well as access to public transport and buildings, and access to language, in situations when sign language and other forms of communication are not available, especially with regard to their reproductive rights and access to health education.

107. Exclusion and non-consideration of disability in the allocation of resources in particular basic essentials, assistive devices and other basic technology and communication devices is another key form of discrimination against persons with disabilities.

Programme of Action

278. We urge upon States to ensure specific programs of optimal rehabilitation including access to assisted devices and technology, education, recognition of informal skills, job integration without discrimination and equitable remuneration.

279. We call upon States to address the stigmatization of disability through a wide range of strategies promoting disability awareness and the rights of Persons with Disabilities to equitable access to, and equitable share of national resources

280. We call upon States to develop relevant protocols to ensure representation and participation of Persons with Disabilities in the decision making process of states and communities at all levels.

281. We call upon states to examine the intersection of race and disability in order to develop and implement strategies aimed at the elimination of disability based discrimination. Design, with full participation of Persons with Disabilities, and implement and monitor all anti-racist policies as disability sensitive.

282. We urge the United Nations and States members to acknowledge and redress the situation of discrimination and stigmatization of Persons with Disabilities throughout the human history.

283. We urge them to implement legislation, programs and services aiming their full enjoyment of human rights with no distinction based on type of disability, color, race, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, culture, caste, socio-economic status or any other status, property.

284. Create the necessary conditions in order to generate the establishment of regional and International Networks on Disability in order to monitor the situation of Persons with Disabilities around the world and to exchange information on these issues.

285. We call upon States at the national and international levels to ensure that Persons with Disabilities are provided equitable opportunities to participate in all aspects of events such as WCAR, NGO forums, etc, including in the roles of speakers, rapporteurs, resource persons as well as in cultural events.

286. We further call upon states at the national and international level to ensure that such events are held in venues which have full disability access.

287. We call upon all NGOs to, over the next year, conduct a comprehensive analysis of their existing programs for physical and programmatic access for people with disabilities and to make appropriate changes to eliminate barriers.

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