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Vision Australia fully endorses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and believes that this Convention contains the clearest and most authoritative expression of the human rights of people with disability.

We follow the Convention by recognising that loss of human rights for those with a disability results from the attitudinal and environmental barriers that prevent or limit people with disability to participate fully, equally and independently in society. We assert strongly that the human rights of people with disability can be fully achieved only when these discriminatory barriers are eliminated.

Key principles

Vision Australia supports the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In particular:

  • We affirm the inherent equality, dignity and worth of all people, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender identification, capacity or ability. We recognise that each human being is entitled to basic, fundamental rights that no authority, institution or action can remove.
  • We acknowledge that human rights apply equally in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural spheres of life, and we agree that no one group of rights is less important than another.
  • We strive to respect, uphold, and promote the principles of human rights through every aspect of our organisation, including our vision and values, our corporate life, our interactions with clients, and our dealings with the community.
  • We are mindful that, as an organisation and as individuals, we have a responsibility not to infringe the human rights of others, and to take positive actions to promote human rights both within our workplace and in the community.