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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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Kazakhstan’s Neglected Children

In order to ensure that every child in Kazakhstan has a chance to flourish, the country's government must move beyond superficial reforms and implement new policies to support children with disabilities.

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A Roll of the Dice for an Accessible Pakistan

It’s not easy to be a person with disabilities in Pakistan, but one woman is hoping to raise the public’s awareness—in a way that’s actually fun.

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Institutionalization Will Not Solve the U.S. Gun Problem

In response to escalating calls for more gun control, some U.S. leaders have recommended institutionalizing more people with mental health problems instead. But that would be a terrible—and tragic—mistake.

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Helping Teachers Create More Inclusive Classrooms

Although the inclusive education movement has more supporters than ever, turning theory into practice can be the hardest part. A new initiative seeks to help teachers by giving them practical advice.

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Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream

An emerging youth group in Latin America is advocating for human rights with creative, innovative, and tech-savvy methods. What lessons can advocates elsewhere in the world draw from their example?

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Q&A: What Real Inclusion for Nonspeaking Autistic People Means

DJ Savarese, a nonspeaking autistic person who is also a published author, activist, and filmmaker, explains how the U.S. education system leaves the thousands of people like him behind—and how we can do better.