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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

United Nations. (2006).Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and optional protocol. Retrieved from Geneva:

Realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to leave no one behind. The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the work of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights, and development. Achieving transformative and lasting change on disability inclusion through the Disability Inclusion Strategy is a priority for the United Nations, including in times of crisis.

Primary school girls in Nalanda Bihar, India, using sign language to communicate in class. PHOTO:UNICEF/Vishwanathan

AT is a facilitator of at least 9 Articles of the Convention

United Nations (2006) Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and optional protocol. Geneva, United Nations

The principles of the present Convention shall be:

1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons;

2. Non-discrimination;

3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society;

4. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;

5. Equality of opportunity;

6. Accessibility;

7. Equality between men and women;

8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities. (Convention, Article 3).

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Article 3 General principles

Article 4 General obligations

Article 9 Accessibility

Article 19 Living independently and being included in the community

Article 20 Personal mobility

Article 21 Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information

Article 24 Education

Article 25 Health

Article 26 Habilitation & rehabilitation

Article 28 Adequate standard of living and social protection

Article 29 Participation in political and public life

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