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Australian Youth Delegation Daily Report - Weds 11 June 2014
Conference of State Parties (COSP) in New York
  Friday 13 June 2014
Dear ,
The Australian NGO Youth Delegation got an early start this morning in order to spend time preparing our presentations for the side event that we will be hosting tomorrow afternoon, which will explore barriers and opportunities for strengthening emerging young leaders with disability.

There seemed to be a strong focus on education throughout the day’s meetings, with several delegates attending a side event on Policy and Practice on Inclusive Education, followed by another on Inclusive Education in the Post 2015 Agenda. One of the panelists, Ms Rosemary Kayess from the Australian DPO delegation observed that: “Choice should not be driven to where the resources are put.”

A debate took place on segregated education and whether article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which focuses on inclusive education, could be considered to be fully implemented while segregated schooling still exists. Some participants felt that mainstream schooling did not adequately equip students without disability with an understanding of how to communicate with their peers with disability. Others questioned the psychological impact that this could have on students with disability who are bullied in the mainstream school environment. It would seem that there needs to be greater awareness of disability included in teacher training, as well as the education of non-disabled students, in order to foster a learning environment that is truly inclusive of the needs of students with disability.
IMAGE: Australian delegates Bonnie, Ace, Brendan and Desiree at side event in New York
IMAGE: Australian delegates Bonnie Millen,
Ace Boncato, Brendan Pearce and 
Desiree Johnston at side event in New York
IMAGE: Rosemary Kayess presenting at side event in New York
IMAGE: Rosemary Kayess presenting at
side event in New York
Members of the youth delegation also participated in side events on topics varying from accessible and inclusive societies for all; women and girls with disability; and an information session on the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Marrakesh Treaty

Joel took some time outside the main Conference to meet with  Kate Palmer, Executive Director of The Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, a not for profit organisation which runs support groups for autistic adults, and discussed collaborating on an international level.

The day closed with the majority of the delegation meeting up in the main conference room to observe the Conference of States Parties (COSP) round table discussion on implementation and monitoring of the CRPD.

Joel Wilson and Lauren Henley
Australian NGO Youth Delegation
     IMAGE (right): Australian NGO Youth Delegate Bonnie Millen participating in side event    Text goes here
IMAGE (left): Australian NGO Youth Delegate Bonnie Millen participating in side event
IMAGE (right): Australian NGO Youth Delegates Lauren Henley & Joel Wilson
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