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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
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.

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Pakistan’s Courts Need to Do More to Acknowledge Mental Illness  

Khizar Hayat faces a death sentence for murder in Pakistan—despite being a victim of schizophrenia.

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Moving Beyond Institutions and Supporting Independent Living in Europe  

A new documentary shows how deinstitutionalization has transformed the lives of people with disabilities—and underscores the importance of EU funding for independent living.

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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.