Spreading the message of inclusion at the United Nations

29 May 2019

Team CID is Inclusion Project Officers Alanna Julian and Courtney Bellemore, and Inclusion Projects Manager Kylee Roberts.

The Team is going to the United Nations (UN) Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

One of the themes for this year’s Conference is social inclusion and the right to a high standard of health – issues that Alanna feels very passionate about.

“If you’re being excluded from society, it can cause stress and impact your mental health,” Alanna says.

“Raising awareness about how to include people with intellectual disability is a job I take very seriously, and I feel privileged to be able to spread this message on a global scale.”

She is excited to be co-chairing a panel discussion on the importance of making the world a more accessible and socially inclusive place for people with intellectual disability.

The event is called ‘Just include me: making social inclusion and good health a reality for all of us’, and includes disability advocates from Canada and Moldova.

Alanna will share information about what is happening in the disability sector in Australia. View a flyer for the panel discussion.

Courtney will be there to support Alanna.

“I feel very lucky to be able to help Alanna spread her message of inclusion,” Courtney says.

“We have worked together at lots of events here in Australia, but this is a totally different level.”

Kylee says Alanna’s message is so important because people with intellectual disability fight hard every day to be included in their communities.

“For things to change, we need to be discussing what people with intellectual disability need in order to be included,” Kylee says.

“This could be anything from personal support to easy to read information.”

A Summit led by people with disability

After attending COSP, Alanna and Kylee will be heading to Harrisburg in Pennsylvania where Council for Intellectual Disability is collaborating with Keystone Human Services to run the first June Summit.

The theme of the Summit is Speaking Up for Yourself and Others. The event will be led by people with intellectual disability.

The Summit will open with an international panel of advocates sharing their experiences with inclusion, human rights and advocating for themselves and others. This opening session will be live streamed for those who can’t make it in person. Follow us on Facebook if you would like to tune in (the session will be held at a time that is friendly for Australian viewers!).

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