23 November 2020
For immediate release
QAI is going (virtually) to the United Nations!
QAI is excited to announce its involvement in the upcoming 13th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)!
Together with our colleagues at Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), QAI will be hosting a side event to the Conference, entitled “It all begins with education: The mirage of inclusive education in Australia and the roadmap to change”
Article 24 of the CRPD requires Australia to provide an inclusive education system that fosters the full development, dignity and self-worth of all students.
However, QAI Director Michelle O’Flynn says that this is not the reality for many students with disability. “Too often, students with disability are left out of the classroom and are subjected to restrictive practices that violate their human rights” Ms O’Flynn said today. “This must stop.”
During the online event, a diverse panel of guests will reflect on Australia’s progress under the Convention and will highlight the changes that are needed to ensure inclusive education becomes more than just a mirage, but a reality.
QAI thanks the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Department of Social Services for their support in making this event possible.
The event will take place on Saturday 5th December 2020.
Stay tuned – further details of our esteemed panel to come!
Media contact: Michelle O’Flynn (QAI Director)
Phone: 07 3844 4200