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Communtity Law Manual | Disability rights | Rights protected under the UN Disability Convention

Rights that are recognised internationally: The UN Disability Convention

Rights protected under the UN Disability Convention

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The UN Disability Convention brings together and recognises a number of important basic rights:

Equality and accessibility

  • Equality and non-discrimination – the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law, without any discrimination
  • Accessibility – the right to equal access to the physical environment, to transport, to information and communications, and to other public facilities and services.

The law and the justice system

  • Legal recognition – the right to equal recognition as a person before the law, including the right to the support you need to exercise your legal decision making capacity
  • Access to justice – the right to access to justice on an equal basis with others. As part of this there should be adjustments to courtroom procedures and other legal processes to accommodate your impairment.

Freedom and independence

  • Freedom of movement – the right to freedom of movement, including the right to choose where you live and to have a nationality
  • Independence and participation in the community – the right to live independently and to fully participate and be included in your local community. This includes the right to decide where and with whom you live and to not be required to live in a particular living arrangement.

Education, jobs and health

  • Education – the right to an inclusive education, so that you can participate in the general education system in your local community on an equal basis with others
  • Work – the right to work, on an equal basis with others, including the opportunity to make a living by work that you freely choose or accept in a work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to disabled people
  • Health – the right to the highest attainable standard of health, without discrimination, including sexual and reproductive health.

Children and young people

  • Disabled children – the right of disabled children to full human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children. This includes the right to express your views freely on all matters affecting you and for your views to be given due weight according to your age and maturity, and the right to be provided with disability and age-appropriate assistance.
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