|Inclusion International (in short II) is an organisation
of people with intellectual disabilities and their families
from all over the world.
II thinks the right to decide is very important for people with disabilities.
This is why it has published a report asking people to make sure
persons with disabilities have the right to decide for themselves.
For example, they should have the right to decide:
Inclusion International (II) has published a report on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), concerning the right to decide of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Independent But Not Alone: A Global Report on the Right to Decide summarizes the results of a two year consultation and research process, involving 600 people with intellectual disabilities, their family members and disability professionals from over 80 organisations in more than 40 countries. Inclusion Europe was very much involved in the development of the report, providing stories, surveys, reports, best practice examples as well as editorial guidance.
As Article 12 states that, provided with sufficient support, all people with intellectual disabilities can be in control of their lives, the latter should have a say in all decisions which concern them. “People with intellectual disabilities are usually denied the opportunity to make decisions because of preconceived ideas, myths and prejudices about their capacity. People said, ‘we want to be heard and we want to make decisions about how we live our lives’. We heard that having the right to decide is important for securing all other rights,” said II president Klaus Lachwitz.
As Mr Lachwitz further explains, the report sheds light on remaining barriers currently hindering the implementation of Article 12 world-wide, while offering recommendations on systematic steps which need be taken in order to achieve a globally accessible and inclusive society: “Building on our earlier global reports – on ending poverty, inclusive education, and the right to live in the community – the findings in this report demonstrate that these other widely shared goals cannot be realized without recognizing, respecting, and supporting the equal right of people with intellectual disabilities to direct their own lives in the context of their families and communities.”
For the full report please follow this link.
For more information on the topic, please contact Inclusion International Executive Director, Connie Laurin – Bowie, via the following e-mail.
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