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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
For Funders, a Responsible Exit Is an Elusive Ideal

How do foundations decide when a grantee can survive without them?

Voices
Slowly but Surely, Armenia’s Schools Embrace Students of All Stripes

In the year since the passage of a law that provides a basis for inclusive education, hundreds of schools in Armenia have become more welcoming to marginalized students.

Voices
Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

Event
Film Screening and Discussion: The State of Madness

Lo Stato della Follia (The State of Madness) is a documentary that exposes life within “criminal asylums” in Italy and the deprivation of basic rights for people with mental illness.

Report
Community, Not Confinement

Member states continue to invest EU funds into institutions that confine and segregate people with disabilities. This report examines EU law and policy, and steps the European Commission can take to promote community living.

Event
Community Not Confinement: Why the United States Shouldn’t Bring Back Asylums

Does the lack of adequate community support to Americans with mental disabilities justify a return to the asylum system? An expert panel discusses the history, ethics, and human rights concerns of institutionalization.

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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