Robert Martin is the first person with learning disability to be elected onto the UNCRPD Committee. He will serve for four years on the Committee. The Committee looks at how countries that have signed the Convention are making the rights in the Convention real.
Robert Martin speaks up for the rights of people with learning disability in New Zealand and around the world.
Robert grew up in institutions and now lives with his wife in Whanganui, New Zealand.
Robert is a Life member of People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi.
He was a long-standing member of the Inclusion International Council and was Chairperson of the Self Advocacy Taskforce from 1996 to 2008. Through his roles in Inclusion International, he helped to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.