'The human rights model (of disability), as the name suggests, is based on basic human rights principles. It recognises that:
- Disability is a natural part of human diversity that must be respected and supported in all its forms.
- People with disability have the same rights as everyone else in society.
- Impairment must not be used as an excuse to deny or restrict people’s rights.
The human rights model exists because of an important international document: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This document was finalised in 2006 and is one of nine international human rights instruments that have been developed by the United Nations. It is important because it:
- Was developed by people with disability, with the aim of achieving a greater level of equality for people with disability around the world.
- Explains the steps that governments around the world must take to uphold, promote and protect the rights of people with disability.
Today is International Day of People With Disabilities so a good day to read about the Human Rights Model of Disability which replaces the Social Model still taught in many UK medical and nursing schools and the even more outdated Medical Model, which is still the dominant model across much of the NHS.
The AdsFoundation will be publishing three short #LearnWithDrDog video scribe films, one on each of the models, early in 2021. As with all #LearnWithDrDog films, they will explain the concepts in fun, easy to access, 5 minute films, which will be free to use for educational purposes.