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Yesterday we hosted Tanja Potočnik Hönigsman, who gave us a lecture on human rights, emphasizing deafblindness in Slovenia. She presented the most important international legal act that regulates the field of disability as a whole, and how it is reflected in the state of Slovenian legislation. We learned more about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it regulates deafblindness in Article 4 (tasks of the state), Article 9 (accessibility of interpreters), Article 21 (accessibility of information), and Article 24 (education in the language of the deaf-blind). The Convention is an act adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006, with the entry into force 2 years later, in 2008. It’s the first legally binding UN document in the field of the protection of persons with disabilities, in which the general human rights of persons with disabilities are extensively codified and consolidated. The protection of these rights, in accordance with Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is based on respect for innate dignity, personal independence, which includes freedom of choice, and the independence of individuals, as well as full and effective participation and inclusion in society. In addition to the international document, Tanja Potočnik Hönigsman presented us with valid Slovenian regulations in which internationally guaranteed human rights are only partially implemented. The members followed the lecture with great interest. We sincerely thank Mrs. Tanja Potočnik Hönigsman for such a comprehensive and quality delivery of information.

After the lecture, we held a workshop with the members in which we made umbrellas more beautiful with palm prints.