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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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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.