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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.

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Recent Work

Voices
Russia’s Disabled Citizens, Once Invisible, Find Their Voice

Three decades ago it was rare to see a person with disabilities on the streets of Russia. Today, accessibility is growing—and an advocacy movement is taking shape.

Voices
Meet the New Disability Rights Defenders  

Open Society’s Disability Rights Scholarship Program is cultivating a new generation of lawyers and advocates who can fight for disability rights for years to come.

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What Is Deinstitutionalization?

Many people with disabilities live in facilities that segregate them from society and deprive them of choice in decisions that affect their lives. Instead, community-based support and housing can offer independence and hope.

Voices
Looking Differently at Disability and Decision Making  

Many people with disabilities are not allowed to make the most basic decisions about how to lead their own lives. “Supported decision making” can change this.

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Solving Wicked Problems: Lessons on Systems Change from Diverse Fields  

Synthesizing lessons from three movements—disability rights, workers’ rights, and global health—three Open Society Fellows explore strategies and tactics potentially applicable across a range of issue areas.

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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.

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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