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Disability Rights

Disability Rights

In truly inclusive democracies, persons with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others and fully participate in society. The Open Society Foundations tackle deeply entrenched discriminatory laws, practices, and attitudes that hinder full equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities.

Recent Work

Event
Value and Impact of Strategic Litigation: Fool’s Paradise or Indispensable Weapon?  

This panel discussion explores the promise and perils of strategic litigation, often a hallmark of Open Society Foundations’ funding and operations.

Voices
From Confinement to Community in Croatia

The kind of life many of us take for granted is now within reach for thousands with disabilities in Croatia.

Briefing Paper
Deinstitutionalization in Croatia

This paper examines a 17-year investment by the Open Society Foundations to advance the right of Croatians with intellectual disabilities to live with support within their own communities.

Voices
Disability Is No Longer Invisible in Mongolia

Data on people with disabilities, an essential tool for addressing the challenges they face, has long been scarce in Mongolia. That's beginning to change.

Voices
Disability Rights Are Human Rights  

When Theresia Degener began working in the disability rights movement, she believed that human rights consisted of weak and unenforceable laws.

Publication
Developing a Strategy to Promote the Rights of People with Disabilities

This publication proposes priorities and actions that European governments should take to promote the rights and full social inclusion of people with disabilities.

Open Society People

Emily Martinez
Director of Human Rights Initiative
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Human Rights Initiative
Director, Mental Health Initiative
Public Health Program, Open Society Institute–Budapest

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