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Special edition on disability


1. What percentage of disabled people live below the poverty line in developing countries?

A: 54 per cent
B: 82 per cent
C: 28 per cent


2. Why does the UK government only think people with disabilities are human beings 'on certain occasions', according to some disability organisations?

A: Because the government is refusing to sign the UN Disability Convention
B: Because the government may only ratify the convention 'with reservations'
C: Because politicians are only human beings 'on certain occasions'


3. Advocacy groups in Kosovo successfully campaigned for a change to the constitution. How did it infringe disability rights?

A: It allowed for the “deprivation of liberty” solely based on disability
B: It allowed for the sacking of employees showing "mental distress"
C: It failed to outlaw pay discrimination on the basis of disability


4. Roughly what proportion of UN Member States do not have legal protection for persons with disabilities?

A: A quarter
B: Half
C: Two thirds


5. What percentage of disabled children in developing countries receive an education?

A: 10 per cent
B: 25 per cent
C: 2 per cent


6. What meant, on 3 May 2008, that the Disability Convention had become legally binding?

A: The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was appointed
B: It was ratified by the 20th country
C: It was signed by the Pope


7. What is a disability?

A: Someone's physical or mental retardation
B: A barrier that is environmental or attitudinal (such as no ramps or elevator, information not available in Braille, negative stereotypes).
C: A general term for a condition which may affect a child's mobility, hearing, vision, speech, or cognitive function (such as paraplegia, deafness, AIDS)


8. How will the implementation of the Disability Convention be monitored?

A: By a Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
B: By the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
C: By State ministers


9. For what reason did the Disability Convention make the record books?

A: More countries signed up to the Convention on its first day than ever before
B: The first country to ratify the Convention did so in the fastest ever time
C: The Convention took longer to draft than any other treaty


10. According to Gerison Lansdown, child rights advocate and disability expert, what thankfully become commonplace at the UN during the drafting process for the Disability Convention?

A: "for people with disabilities to be involved and to lead with their expertise"
B: "the active involvement of State delegates"
C: "good quality cheese sandwiches"