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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.

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Recent Work

Voices
On Disability Rights, Building a Movement One Billion Strong  

The Disability Rights Fund supports the advocacy work of disabled peoples’ organizations around the globe. The Fund’s mission is clear: ensure that the rights of every person with a disability are respected.

Voices
No Equality without Data

A new report on data collection in the EU demonstrates why equality data is central to promoting equal treatment for all.

Voices
Bringing School to an Orphanage in Kyrgyzstan Means New Prospects for Children

Askar, an 11-year-old boy, is an orphan like many in Kyrgyzstan, living with a musculoskeletal disorder and abandoned by birth parents. But he is gaining something like a community.

Briefing Paper
2014 and Beyond: Priorities for the European Union

This briefing paper presents policy areas that require an effective EU response and where Open Society has expertise as a donor and advocate of human rights and universal values.

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.

Open Society People

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

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