Media release: IHC Congratulates Robert Martin on UN Committee Election
IHC congratulates Robert Martin on his election to the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Robert is the first person with an intellectual disability to be elected to serve on such a committee – however he is no stranger to the UN.
Robert has spoken at the UN and all over the world about his experience of growing up with a disability, including time in institutions.
“This is a fantastic achievement for Robert and for all the great people who have supported him,” says IHC Chief Executive, Ralph Jones.
“To have Robert at the UN is a coup for New Zealand and for people with an intellectual disability.
“We know he’ll use his unique perspective to raise awareness of the capability of people with intellectual disabilities on the international stage – as he has done so successfully in the past.
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IHC was founded in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted equal treatment from the education and health systems for their children with intellectual disabilities. The IHC of today is still striving for these same rights and is committed to principles of advocating for the rights, welfare and inclusion of all people with an intellectual disability. We support people with an intellectual disability to lead satisfying lives and have a genuine place in the community.
We have more than 5500 staff working to support 7000 people in services that include residential care, supported living, vocational support, respite care, and New Zealand’s largest non-government social housing provider. We also lobby and advocate for the human rights of all people with an intellectual disability at both a national and an international level. We raise money and awareness of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities through our charitable activities, including an extensive advocacy programme, a one-to-one volunteer programme and the country’s largest specialist intellectual disability library.