Being part of Scotland's story under the UN Disability Convention

Date: 16th May 2012
Category: General measures of implementation, UK 1st periodic review
Author: Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission have launched a short animated film to raise awareness of the UN Disability Convention in Scotland.

The UN Disability Convention is an international agreement about the rights of disabled people. It was drafted by and for disabled people around the world after decades of campaigning. The film features a day in the life of a disabled person, as they experience these rights - the rights to education, independent living and freedom of expression.

The UN Disability Convention makes it clear that disabled people are holders of rights not recipients of welfare and that disability can include physical disabilities, mental health, learning disabilities and sensory impairments. The UK Government, including Scotland, has been a party to the Convention since 2009. The Convention can be used to interpret both the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act.

The film has British Sign Language and captioning.