Draft Article 3
"Communication" includes oral-aural communication, communication using sign language, tactile communication, Braille, large print, audio, accessible multimedia, human reader and other augmentative or alternative modes of communication, including accessible information and communication technology.11
"Persons with disability"13
"Discrimination on the ground of disability"14
"Universal Design", and "Inclusive design".17
9: In the consideration of this article, the Ad Hoc Committee may wish to take into account the different proposals that were presented to the Committee and the Working Group regarding the specific definitions of the concepts herein contained.
11: The Ad Hoc Committee may wish to consider the need for a definition of "communication" (separate from draft Article 13 on Freedom of Expression and Opinion) and, if so, the content of that definition.
12: Many members of the Working Group emphasised that a convention should protect the rights of all persons with disabilities (i.e. all different types of disabilities) and suggested that the term "disability" should be defined broadly. Some members were of the view that no definition of 'disability' should be included in the convention, given the complexity of disability and the risk of limiting the ambit of the convention. Other delegations pointed to existing definitions used in the international context including the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). There was general agreement that if a definition was included, it should be one that reflects the social model of disability, rather than the medical model.
13: Some members of the Working Group considered that it was more important to include this definition than the definition of "disability". Other members were of the view that a definition of this term was not necessary.
15: Some delegations were of the view that the separate draft articles of the Convention specify that language included sign language, and questioned the need for this definition in the present article. Others expressed the view that the definition was needed.