The International Disability Alliance calls for the Global Sport Community to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Date: 
Jan 27, 2015

The International Disability Alliance (IDA)[1], as the most authoritative representative voice of persons with disabilities, has issued a statement Calling for the Global Sport Community to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

“The CRPD articulates the scope of the right of persons with disabilities to participate in sport, recreation and leisure, as well as the right of children with disabilities to play, in the fullest expression seen to date in a human rights convention.” 

“Article 30(5) requires States to provide opportunities for participation in both disability-specific sport and recreation (e.g., wheelchair basketball) and mainstream sport programming. It further affirms the rights of persons with disabilities to organize, develop, and participate in sport and recreation with other persons with disabilities, which includes activities organized specifically for persons with disabilities in both mainstream programs as well as disability-specific sport.

The CRPD evokes a robust non-discrimination and equality framework. In implementing the right to participate in sport, recreation and play, States Parties must ensure persons with disabilities and their representative organizations are engaged in meaningful consultation on law, policy and programming in the areas of sport, recreation and play.

As for terminology, the CPRD uses person-first terminology and uses persons with disabilities or people with disabilities. It also clarifies who persons with disabilities are. ‘Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

It is important for the global sport community to understand and promote the rights of persons with disabilities. If you have questions about IDA’s position contact IDA’s Secretariat at info@ida-secretariat.org. If you have questions or would like more information about the right to sport for persons with disabilities, contact Eli Wolff at the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design ewolff@ihcdesign.org or Amy Farkas Karageorgos of Inclusion4Development at inclusion4development@gmail.com.

 


[1] The International Disability Alliance (IDA) was established in 1999 as a network of global and, since 2007, regional organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and their families. The aim of the Alliance is to promote the effective and full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) worldwide, as well as compliance with the CRPD within the UN system, through the active and coordinated involvement of representative organisations of persons with disabilities at the national, regional and international levels. With member organisations around the world, IDA represents the estimated one billion people worldwide living with a disability. This is the world’s largest – and most frequently overlooked – minority group. IDA, with its unique composition as a network of the foremost international disability rights organisations, is the most authoritative representative voice of persons with disabilities and acknowledged as such by the United Nations system both in New York and Geneva. You can learn more at: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/about-us