Why the Human Rights Approach to disability?

CBM sees disability as a development and human rights issue. Persons with disabilities in the most disadvantaged societies in the world are often marginalised and may not be able to access education and healthcare services due to various barriers. This can result in exclusion from future employment or income generating opportunities, social life and community activities, all leading to a life of poverty.

Working together with partner organisations and persons with disabilities, CBM seeks to overcome these barriers through a twin-track approach:
  • One track addresses the empowerment of persons with disabilities and their families, regardless of their nationality, age, sex or religion, through providing equal access to affordable and comprehensive health care and rehabilitation programmes, quality education programmes and livelihood opportunities.
  • The other track simultaneously works towards breaking down the barriers that exclude persons with disabilities while promoting an accessible social and physical environment to ensure active participation in community-based activities, planning and decision making.
Through advocacy and within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), CBM strives to eliminate discriminatory practices and stigma related to disability.


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