UN CRPD: Article 5 – Equality and non-discrimination

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 4.25.41 amThis particular Article of the UN CRPD sounds so simple, and yet, in reality, it is not happening for many people with any form of disAbilities, but even less so for people with dementia as we have not even been recognised as having the same rights (yet!!).

In my own experience, I was not afforded, nor even offered reasonable adjustment or accommodation to remain employed, and have been actively discriminated against for three positions since dementia came into my life, based on my cognitive disAbilities. I even have one of those instances in writing…

Article 5 – Equality and non-discrimination

1. States Parties recognize that all persons are equal before and under the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

2. States Parties shall prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantee to persons with disabilities equal and effective legal protection against discrimination on all grounds.

3. In order to promote equality and eliminate discrimination, States Parties shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that reasonable accommodation is provided.

4. Specific measures which are necessary to accelerate or achieve de facto equality of persons with disabilities shall not be considered discrimination under the terms of the present Convention.

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