Why access to assistive technology is a human rights issue
Australia has human rights obligations to people with disability.
The rights of people with disability are set out in an international treaty called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Australia is one of many countries that has agreed to uphold the Convention. Each ‘article’ in the convention sets out a different right and explains what countries need to do to uphold that right.
Article 19 says that people with disability have the right to live independently and be included in the community. Governments must make sure people have the support they need to be included in the community so they are not isolated.
Article 20 says that people with disability have the right to personal mobility. Governments must make sure people with disability have access to affordable assistive technology, such as mobility aids, so they can be as independent as possible