[Human Rights] HRC 25th Session, Annual Discussion on HR and Persons with Disabilities
Thank you, Mr. President.
First of all, let me thank the OHCHR for organizing this panel as well as the panelists for their contributions. We consider this panel a useful tool in order to raise awareness of the challenges that persons with disabilities continue to face with regard to the right to education.
Still today, persons with disabilities face various forms of discrimination in educational settings. The most serious barriers arise from prejudice and misconceptions that lead to deliberate exclusion and segregation.
The National Action Plan on Disability 2012-2020 provides the main framework for Austria’s disability policy for the upcoming years. Regarding the right to education, we believe that equal participation in the education sector is of fundamental importance for equal participation in society at large. Measures to achieve this goal at the national include inter alia the financial support for the obligatory, free attendance of nursery school, the development of inclusive pilot regions and the training in Austrian sign language for teaching personnel. In addition, we are aiming at making schools more accessible.
We would like to ask two questions to the panellists:
First, we would be interested to know more about the future work of the CRPD Committee on the issue of inclusive education.
Second, given the persistence of negative attitudes, stigma and stereotypes towards persons with disabilities, how could States best ensure their inclusion into the education system?
Before concluding, I would like to draw your attention to a side event that we are organising together with the International Disability Alliance and other Permanent Missions on the issue of accessibility. The event will take place tomorrow Thursday at 1pm in room 27.
I thank you.