UN Side Event 2020

It all begins with education

Realising inclusive education in Australia and the roadmap to change​

UPDATE 7/01/2021

The video of this event is now available to watch on UN Web TV.

Australia’s side event at the United Nations 13th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Co-hosted by Queensland Advocacy Inc. (QAI) and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA).

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On Thursday 3 December 2020, it is International Day of People with Disability. A day in which people with disability are celebrated all over the world.
 
This year, QAI is celebrating by co-hosting a side event to the United Nations 13th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We are excited to be collaborating with our colleagues at Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) to host a panel discussion, entitled “It all begins with education: Realising inclusive education in Australia and the roadmap to change”.
 
In this event, emerging young leaders with disability and disability advocates, activists and scholars from Australia will be discussing the relevance of Article 24 CRPD – the right to an inclusive education – in the Australian context, and offer nation states a roadmap charting the key elements required for full inclusion.
Panellists

Young Australians with disability

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Cassandra Grey

Young person with disability, law student, QAI volunteer, Co-Chair working group for design of Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

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Melanie Tran

Young person with disability, Chair of CYDA’s National Youth Disability Summit Co-Design Committee, CYDA Board Member, Recipient of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and  the Laureate International Universities Here for Good Award.

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Tim Chan

Young autistic non-speaker who uses assisted typing to communicate, sociology and political science student, passionate advocate for people with complex communication needs. 

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Jocelyn Neumueller

Young person who lives with significant physical disability, CYDA Board member, law student and passionate advocate for equal opportunities, true inclusion, choice and control, with a focus in education and sport

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Jock Young

Young person with disability, lawyer, graduate of two law schools, International Law Masters student, QAI volunteer and aspiring international lawyer or diplomat .

With

Lisa Bridle

Senior Consultant, Community Resource Unit


Cecile Elder

Executive Officer, Family Advocacy

 

Bob Jackson

Registered Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor, Curtin University and member of the Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education

 

Catia Malaquais

Lawyer, Founder and Director of Starting with Julius, CoFounder of All Means All – the Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education, member of Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education


Emma Phillips

Principal Solicitor & Deputy Director, QAI

 

Mary Sayers
CEO, Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), Chair of Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education

 

Tamara Walsh
Associate Professor School of Law, University of Queensland, parent

How to attend

The UN have opened up attendance beyond CoSP delegates and extended it to the general public. So anyone wishing to watch this important discussion is welcome to attend remotely.

 

Date: Saturday 5 December, Australian time

Time: 9am Brisbane QLD
           10am AEDT

Zoom details:

Topic: It all begins with education: Realising inclusive education in Australia and the roadmap for change
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 

More information on UN side events here.