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Speech from László Bercse
Harvard Law School Project on Disability
14.04.21., Zoom meeting
Our work on the CRPD
We wrote the shadow report in 2018.
We wrote about issues
• what we experience
• other self-advocates told us
• or we heard from others who
came for support to our organization.
How did we work on the report?
The director of ÉFOÉSZ invited us to work on the report.
Self-advocates were happy to take part.
We had support during the work.
Self-advocates were satisfied with the result.
The report includes what we think and experience.
We met with the group weekly, for 4 months.
First, we talked about the Convention and how the Committee works.
Then we studied each of the articles.
We talked about 2 articles every week.
We talked about:
• What are our rights?
• What is implemented from the Convention in Hungary
and what is not?
• How could the Convention be
better implemented in Hungary?
ÉFOÉSZ sent one report to the Committee.
One part of it was the easy-read report of self-advocates.
The other part was a detailed legal analysis
about the situation in Hungary.
Main topics we wrote about
Other Hungarian organizations wrote shadow reports as well.
Ours is unique because we wrote it in easy-to-read language.
We also wrote why easy-to-read information is important to us.
I would advise other self-advocates to write a shadow report.
This a good way to tell what barriers we face.
It is a useful tool for self-advocacy.
To speak up for ourselves and others.
How do we use the report?
We work with 2 universities.
We refer to the report regularly,
when we speak about the rights of people with disabilities.
For example, at courses on accessibility and disability policy.
What did self-advocates learn during the work?
Self-advocates became more aware of their rights
and about the work of the CRPD Committee.
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