Hi @billshortenmp your comment on #Insiders about more funding for segregated "special" schools fails to recognise disabled people's fight towards phasing out segregation on the basis of disability. Please see DPOs #EndSegregation Position Paper: dpoa.org.au/endsegregation/ 1/
It is vital @billshortenmp as #NDIS Minister that you recognise and respect the aspirations of disabled people as expressed by their representative and advocacy organisation and in light with their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. 2/
Those rights including phasing out all forms of segregation on the basis of disability - a discriminatory practice under international human rights law that this binding on the Australian Government and which should guide all government policy @billshortenmp 3/
Many disabled people and their allies around Australia warmly welcomed you as #NDIS Minister and because of the belief that, unlike your predecessors, you @billshortenmp would listen and respect but ... 4/
Calling for "lifelines" for sheltered workshops (eg Activ) and now for more funding for segregated education goes against what is being called for by DPOs, disability advocacy orgs & allies. You @billshortenmp & your government should be listening. Nothing About Us Without Us 5/
We do not want yet another government imposing disability policy that is guided primarily by the position of others (eg vested interests) and perpetuates serious human rights violations - we've all had enough of this. Again, Nothing About Us Without Us. @billshortenmp 6/
On the issue of education, a coalition of Australian disability organisations has developed a 10 year roadmap that calls for significant reform to ensure that all Australian students have access to universally accessible quality inclusive education 7/ acie.org.au/acie-roadmap/
@billshortenmp the roadmap is consistent with the recommendation of the UN CRPD Committee including in its General Comment No.4 on the Right to Inclusive Education that Australia adopt a national strategy for inclusive education. This includes phasing out segregated education. 8/
The Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education is Chaired by @CydaAu - please get in touch to find out more about the Roadmap and how you as #NDIS Minister @billshortenmp and your government can get us to a better future for disabled Australians. 9/

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In closing Maria Scharnke provides the #DisabilityRC her key message:

“Disability is not something that should need to be accommodated for. This sounds ridiculous, but hear me out…

It should be accepted as part of the natural spectrum of human diversity.
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There should be no need to have to go out of one’s way.

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This statement on p.119 is, in our view, incorrect. It is inconsistent with General Comments No.4 & No. 6, Australian CRPD review Concluding Observations in 2013 & 2019, evidence by @UN experts at #DisabilityRC and another @DRC_AU research paper by @RosemaryKayess @therese_sands
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