II Convention Action Teams
Inclusion International has developed a process through which it can support its national member organizations to participate in the implementation of the Convention to address the sources of discrimination. Support to the member organizations will be provided by Inclusion International’s newly established Convention Action Teams (CATs):
1) Convention Action Team on Inclusive Education;
2) Convention Action Team on Legal Capacity and Supported Decision Making;
3) Convention Action Team on Family Support and Family Policy;
4) Convention Action Team on Living in the Community.
CATs include individuals and organizations working in these key areas from every region of the world. To join one or more of the CATs please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org
The mandate of II’s CATs is to:
– Respond to opportunities and challenges which arise at a country level by supporting national associations to intervene in political or public policy situations
– Act as a technical support to member organizations working at a country level with governments on implementation;
-Develop a resource base of tools for family based organizations to use at the country level in promoting the implementation of the Convention (in each of these areas);
– Collect information and stories about the challenges and success of implementation;
– Provide analysis of the experiences related to implementation that may be used by family organizations; governments or multilateral institutions
The work of the CATs has begun in several ways.
The CATs on legal capacity have been providing direct support to the member organizations in Hungary and in India both in the review of legislative and policy provisions and in the development of pilot initiatives in Supported Decision Making . Members of the CAT on Legal Capacity from Canada and Germany were able to conduct training sessions with key leaders in Hungary and India. As well these individuals were able to act as resource people to government officials and other NGOs at the country level in the development of SDM models. Through this work several resource materials have been developed by members of the CAT on legal Capacity. Designing more comprehensive systems that fully implement supported decision making raises a number of practical design questions. The CAT on legal capacity is currently working with member organizations in three countries (Canada, Hungary and India) on projects (funded by the UN Voluntary Fund and the Canadian Government) which are creating dialogue on how to design these systems and encourages experimentation and demonstration. Culturally appropriate and context specific designs are necessary to respond to the unique legal traditions in different countries, and a range of civil society and governmental contexts. However across jurisdictions there are common dilemmas and common elements of establishing supported decision making systems. The CAT developed a draft set of questions that can be used to structure policy dialogue, analysis, research and design of effective and accountable systems for supported decision making.
Preliminary planning has begun in partnership with The Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC) to host an international conference on Legal Capacity and Supported Decision Making. MDAC is an international human rights NGO based in Budapest which advances the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and psycho-social (mental health) disabilities. MDAC’s vision is for a world that values emotional, mental and learning differences, and where people respect each others autonomy and dignity.
Likewise The CAT on Inclusive Education has been active in supporting the member organizations in Ethiopia, Colombia, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Training sessions were held in Ethiopia and Colombia with teachers, parents and NGOs on Inclusive Education Principles and Practices.
In order to build the resource base of each CAT and involve more members directly in the activities of the CATs, II is experimenting with different on-line networking tools. On-line tools such as Wetpaint and Wikipage are being used to explore how best to engage both those who are resource people and those who are looking for support in the different issue areas. II will build a webpage on-line global resource for each CAT which includes good models; access to the technical expertise of the CAT resource people; training and awareness materials for family organizations; and guidelines for implementation of the key CRPD articles.
The webpage will include:
• profiles of the CAT members highlighting their areas of expertise;
• an on-line consulting service and discussion forum for members providing access to technical and legal expertise ;
• information and profiles of good practices in different countries;
• information about international policy issues and discussions related to implementation of the key Articles.
Watch our website for announcements about CAT webpages.