A Decade of Breakthroughs for Disability Rights

A Decade of Breakthroughs for Disability Rights

December 13, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Among the CRPD’s many innovative aspects, one stands out: the fact that persons with disabilities played a central role in its negotiation. From drafting to ratification and implementation, the convention was and continues to be a true reflection of the disability rights movement’s motto, “Nothing about us, without us.”

Over the past decade, the CRPD has fundamentally altered the agency of persons with disabilities, allowing them to toss aside their stereotype as objects of charity and assert themselves as persons with the same rights as everyone else.

Today, the CRPD is a cornerstone of disability rights activism—it serves as both a call and a catalyst for action, providing a clear legal framework that persons with disabilities, governments, and the broader human rights movement are using to advance the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society.

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How do I get involved. I have a son that was diagnosed with Syndrome 30 years ago. I was punish for that. Government limited our ability to prosper. I had know voice and never had the support need to achieve a better life for my family. Where do we go, you can help us to live and not just exist. Is this where I need to be at 60 years old that still have some hope alive.

Thanks for valuable information.It helps us to promote rights and dignity of the person with disabilities all over the world.I think this is the proper time to take initiative for the coastal and remote area where PWDs lives their life so sufferings.Again thanks for valuable information and rights.

Please any donors or funding organizations help me to move my project further. I've 21 disable young people and I'm facing a acute financial problem about to shut my organization,Any there to lend their hands in this noble job,
Raj

Raj I don't know where you are located but I would be interested in discussing- we also have a project structure for the age of 21 when our kids age out of the school system...

A really terrific job - congratulations! Bob Newman

My deep seated appreciation to those who thought it wise to remember this group of people who are often marginalized and almost forgotten in the scheme of things in many states of the world. The right should be given an impetus by the United Nations and governments worldwide made to scheme this group into an important part of their societies. They deserve care and our love as members of the same human family. We need to let them know that we value them as every other members of the human family.

Bravo!

"We All Rise" together "People Power"!Heart2Heart
We must change the rights for parents with disabilities to raise the children without fear from child protection. Thank you.

The issue of Education as a right to children with disabilities is denied especially in developing countries. For example me as The District Special Needs Education, to large extent I get challenges and hard time for monitoring Education to children with special needs and disabilities in Inclusive Schools all over the district because the government does not have an effective ways to direct funds and other resources to disabled children that is seen as disadvantaged group in the community. These children to large extent are hidden by their parents at home because of the negative perception of the parents towards disabled that they are unable to acquire knowledge and skills like non disabled. So they are denied the right to education so several times I make an advocacy to parents who have children with disabilities that disability is not inability and to empower children with disability is to empower community for development. So the schools are too scattered all over the district that leads difficult to visit all primary and secondary schools in the district and this is because of lack of Transport. However for those with severe disabilities are not get right to education because they should be in the school where there is dormitory and therefore there is no any school with dormitory all over district schools even infrastructures are not conducive to access learning to all children regardless of their differences.

I have been working to children with disabilities because professional I have Bachelor's Degree of Education Special Needs. So my experience to children with disabilities in my country is that Curriculum is not flexible to them for accessing learning, the state is not focus efforts to make environment conducive at schools in order to welcome children with disabilities in Inclusive Schools, and therefore are repeating the same class several times and some are drop that leads poverty and dependents in the society, however there is no any vocational training established in order to take those who are dropped in formal school education. So my request is to get funds from donors so that to establish the vocational training project for those children with disabilities who discontinued from school system so that they can be in Vocational Training to get skills for their survival.

Everyone has a right to legal representation irrespective of ones status.People with disabilities who are raped,sexually assaulted and bullied should be equally represented

Very useful and indeed educative, informative and inspiring!

Well done. Continue making a difference. Regards, Ron Peck, Co-Founder Blind Judo Foundation

I admire the work of the Soros Foundations. It is sad that as we mark this anniversary, the murderers of a disabled teenager, Alex Spourdalakis, are being released with a sentence of time served three years after his murder. It is disgraceful that the prosecutors in a case of premeditated murder were allowed to make a deal for involuntary manslaughter, using a similar case of another young disabled woman murdered by her mother. There was no outrage for these two cases. No protests. The lives of disabled people are now being devalued and dehumanized by the justice system and people stand by quietly. Many agree because these young people were seen as such burdens to their families. We have a long way to go and not much to celebrate this week.

Thank you very much for great information

nous aussi dans notre contré en republique democratique du Congo, nous continuons à pousser nos dirigeants à accepter le changement sur la prise en compe des personnes handicapées malgré la retissance observée , ous y arriverons toujours. prete nous mains fortes en nous communiquant des strategies pour y arriver et être comme nos amis du rwanda, de croatie qui ont déjà interiorisé la thematique

One of the strength I have identified in the CRPD, which has been given little or no attention before now in disability rights and policy/programme, is the promotion of self-employment/entrepreneurship support for PWD, which is captured in Article 27(1)(f). However, there is need to access how far this provision has been successfully executed over the years.
I am current on a doctoral research programme exploring entrepreneurship and disability, and the above issue is one of the things I would be looking at in my study.

In the UK under continuing and brutal attacks by the government disabled people and grassroots organisations such at Disabled People against the Cuts have been true hero's in the resistance

I too would like to know how to get involved as a voice for my son. Close to aging out of school and in the forgotten sector of ID/DD citizens not able to benefit from the Work Incentive programs, his departure from school will radically change his quality of life without support and grassroots efforts. Waiver cuts, and ambivalence to those not even fortunate to have waiver options, will divide the very community that the US worked to include. We are caving in on ourselves and will revert back to the days of only high functioning levels of inclusion or institutionalization as our only options. How can we ban together and change this?

Been disabled since 1996 after an auto accident caused by a drunk who went thru a stop , got very little settlement , because it wasn't broken bones, but it tore my liver and i received head trauma, which caused me to have terrific seizures, for a long time, and i haven't been able to work since. I live off my husbands social security . But i pay fir my own healthcare, which takes a big chunk, and it diesnt included and dental, so i cant afford to buy dentures tgst don't fit properly. I deal with depression and PTSD and another dissociative dusirder since. .im treated likd a nobody and if it were not for some people i probably would have committed suicide long time ago. I would like to know more how you hope to help such persons improve their lives. Susan

After reading the words from "Susan", received Jan. 31, just a few days ago, my situation is similar. I've been disabled in 2008. I have Complex Epilepsy, and received brain surgery from UCLA January 2011. 1 & 1/2 inches were removed from my memory & concentration. I therefore applied for Social Security Disability and was denied. I've tried again to apply, but denied again, but am permanently Disabled, with no income. There are many things I can do, but since I'm a Ranch Manager, and live so far away from the closest town, it's impossible to get there. It is a difficult situation to find employment and housing in that town anyway, as it is a small Agricultural area, north of Santa Barbara, California. If you have positions available for online use, I would be extremely Thankful to apply. (Just a short note: My father, passed away now, began to have Social Security deducted from his pay when it began in the '30s. At age 71 in 1985, he wasn't at the appropriate age to receive the 50 years of Social Security retirement, and died at this age. I don't understand who received my Fathers, and of course my many years of payments, into Social Security. Or why I'm legally Disabled by them, but can not receive anything back from them.) Thank you so very much for your time, and looking forward to your return comment on what direction I can proceed. Sincerely, Fran

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