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Inclusion - a human right

Elysee (3) with her grandmother Genevieve after cataract operation in St. Joseph Hospital, Kinshasa/DR Congo
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Elysee (3) with her grandmother Genevieve after cataract operation in St. Joseph Hospital, Kinshasa/DR Congo

The majority of people with a disability live in developing countries. They are too often denied access to essential services limiting their lives and adversely affecting society. Because disability is an inevitable part of society, it is a human rights issue.

Denied potential

Approximately one in ten persons among the global population has a psychosocial, physical or sensory impairment or disability, with approximately eight of every ten of these living in developing countries.

Persons with disabilities are too often denied access to essential services by physical or social barriers which limit their lives and prevent them from exercising their full political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights.

Society is affected

This denial of basic human rights affects not only persons with disabilities and their families but also the economic and social development of entire societies, where a significant reservoir of human potential goes untapped.

Disability may therefore be considered as a socially created problem and not an attribute of an individual. Persons with disabilities often are excluded from the mainstream of society and denied their human rights. Now, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sets out the rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities as rights every human person is entitled to enjoy.

Nothing about us without us

This recognition that disability is an inevitable part of the life of any individual or society presupposes that the concept of disability be related to the issue of human dignity.

'Nothing about us without us' is a slogan used by the international disability movement to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of persons with disabilities affected by that policy.

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The purpose of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is to promote, defend and reinforce the human rights of all persons with disabilities

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