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OCCP2091: Disability, Rights and Participation

The United Nations promotes human rights as foundational in consideration of the human condition. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (UNCRPD) was developed as an instrument to set out a code for implementation of strategies to support the rights of people with disability. Practically, the local nature and extent of human rights varies, however there is universal expectation that people with disability are afforded equal rights. This unit will explore internationally agreed frameworks that support the rights of people with disability. Australian experiences will illustrate the way national, state and local level regulation applies such principles in government and private enterprise policy frameworks. The gap between policy and the reality of implementation in practice will be explored through literature, documents and the lived experience of people with disability. Students will critically appraise notions of participation, inclusion, access and opportunity from the perspective of citizenship to reveal able-bodied privilege and models of patronage and beneficence inherent in current approaches that aim to put into action the principles of human rights for people with disability. The strengths and weaknesses, benefits and costs, wins and losses of current approaches and the where to from here will be considered.

Code OCCP2091
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Students will need to have completed 18 credits points of 1000 level units

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. 1. Understand the concepts articulated in the UNCRPD and the application of these principles in Australian communities
  • LO2. 2. Explain the development and implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act and the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia as mechanisms to implement the principles of the UNCRPD
  • LO3. 3. Interrogate the concept and practical application of “disability action plans” as a mechanism for community inclusion and as an agent of change
  • LO4. 4. Deconstruct the influence of media in the portrayal of people with a disability
  • LO5. 5. Explore how structural issues experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability can add to the curtailment of rights.
  • LO6. 6. Integrate the issues raised by stories of discrimination from people with lived experience of disability to develop a personal standpoint on disability discrimination.