Disability Rights

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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

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China’s New Regulations for Persons with Disabilities Are a Good Step—but Not Enough

Advocates fighting against educational segregation have won an important victory, but Chinese authorities must now follow through.

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After the Earthquake, Nepal Can Build a Better Future for All

Listening to the voices of those most affected is vital for successful reconstruction after the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake.

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Children with Autism in Kyrgyzstan Gain a Helping Hand

In a country where this vulnerable population is often denied adequate education and medical care, this organization is working to improve attitudes as well as access.

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For Children with Disabilities, Global Funding for Education Falls Short

Millions of children are missing out on education because governments are not investing enough money.

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The Stabilizing Power of School for Children with Disabilities in Pakistan

Pakistan’s inclusive education programs are still in the pilot stage, but provincial governments hope to scale them up in the coming years.

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A Decade of Breakthroughs for Disability Rights  

Ten years ago, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was successfully negotiated by the very people whose lives it would touch.