Leonard Cheshire highlights role of disability tech at UN summit


Charity Leonard Cheshire has been taking part in a series of events at a UN conference this week to promote equal access to opportunities for people with disabilities. 

The UN’s 12th Conference of State Parties (COSP) was attended by diplomats, representatives from human rights and civil society organisations, as well as disabled people’s organisations and charities.

Leonard Cheshire’s executive director, Tiziana Oliva, attended the COSP on behalf of the charity where she helped to highlight the role of technology in promoting equal opportunities.

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She said: “While some progress has been made in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), there is still more work to be done. People with disabilities deserve greater equality and the opportunity to live as independently as they wish.

“This depends on governments across the globe really committing to the implementation of the CRPD to make their societies more inclusive.”

The role of technology in the inclusion of people with disabilities is one of the overarching themes Leonard Cheshire has been focusing on at the conference.

Recent Leonard Cheshire research found that in the UK alone 73% of workers with a disability stopped working due to their disability or health condition.

Goal eight of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals calls for more progress in increasing employment opportunities for everyone, globally, especially marginalised groups.

One event brought together attendees and speakers from a consortium to talk about the ways in which technology can be leveraged to give people with disabilities access to jobs, as well as support once in the workplace. 

Speakers at the event included DFID, International Labour Organisation, World Bank Action Network for the Disabled, Global Disability Innovation Hub and European Disability Forum. 

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