Building community capacity to achieve the human rights of all persons with disabilities


A Practical Guide for the Inclusion of disabilities in development projects

Count Me In – a practical guide to include persons with disabilities in development projects: Four years ago, three Dutch development organisations got together and decided they should stop talking about the inclusion of persons with disabilities and start doing something to make it happen. This resulted in a capacity-building programme for partner organisations in India and Ethiopia on how to include persons with disabilities in mainstream development programmes.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Human Rights Monitoring, Documentation, and Advocacy

The purpose of this manual is to provide step-by-step guidance for advocates who want to use human rights monitoring, documentation, and advocacy in their social justice work. From framing an issue in terms of internationally recognized human rights to submitting a detailed complaint to a human rights body, this manual outlines the process to enable anyone to do this work. The manual is designed to aid advocates undertaking a variety of activities—from the relatively simple to the more complex.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Provides the full text of the Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, adopted at a 1999 assembly of the Organization of American states and ratified by Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and some other countries. Also provides links to reports on the human rights status in countries throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region. Web content available in English, Spanish, French, and

Nations for mental health: a focus on women

This 69-page manual provides an overview of the various psychosocial conditions experienced by women around the world. Discusses relevant policy and legislation that affect women with psychosocial disabilities; workplace interventions; the criminal justice system in relation to violence against women; tips on increasing public awareness and decreasing the stigma of psychosocial disabilities. Published by WHO.

International Human Rights and Comparative Mental Disability Law: The Universal Factors

This paper compares different laws that affect the lives of people with mental disabilities around the world. Discusses how to evaluate whether the laws (or lack of laws) in a country represent a violation of human rights for people with mental disabilities. This link leads to the abstract for the paper. Members of the Social Science Research Network can download the PDF file with the full paper (138 KB) for free. Membership in the network is free. Published in 2007; 38 pages.

Deaf People and Human Rights

This 71-page report summarizes what is known about the living situation of deaf people around the world. The World Federation of the Deaf surveyed 93 countries for this report on topics such as recognition of sign language, accessibility issues, the sign language interpreting profession, and educational opportunities for deaf people. Individual reports on major geographical regions are also available. By Hilde Haualand and Colin Allen, January 2009.

The Salamanca statement and framework for action on special needs education

The Salamanca statement, produced at a 1994 global conference on special needs education, continues to be a major international policy document. Outlines the global consensus on policies and strategies needed to include children with disabilities in the education system.

Legislation on equal opportunities and full participation in development for disabled persons: examples from the ESCAP region

Provides examples of disability legislation in 10 Asia-Pacific countries in the areas of: protecting rights; equalization; education; employment; rehabilitation; accessibility; and national coordination. Countries include China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The full text can be read on-line in html format. Released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in 1997; 522 pages.

Working Group to Prepare a Program of Action for the Decade of the Americas for the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (2006-2016)

On this page, readers can download various documents related to the Decade of the Americas for the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (2006-2016). Available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Has documents for Mexico, Peru, and other countries in North, Central, and South America.

USAID disability policy

This disability policy paper for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was released in 1997. Describes USAID’s policy for addressing disability issues in development. Ten pages.

Promoting inclusion? Disabled people, legislation and public policy

This 36-page may 2005 report from DisabilityKar reviews the involvement of people with disabilities in influencing legislation and its implementation in their national and local governments. Download either the full report (671 Kb) or the executive summary in Word format.

Pacific Sisters with Disabilities: at the Intersection of Discrimination

Discusses the challenges of discrimination against women with disabilities, laws among Pacific Island governments, and policies and programs within DPOs, women’s organizations, and mainstream international development partners. This April 2009 report published by the UNDP Pacific Center makes recommendations for improving the situation of women with disabilities in the Pacific.

Organization of American States

Unites the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Works to strengthen democracy; promote human rights; and confront shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs, and corruption. See their page on the Decade of the Americas for the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, 2006-2016, for links to documents on the Latin American Decade, on the CRPD, and on the Inter-American Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against People with Disabilities.

International Disability Rights Compendium

Presents a comparative analysis of the living conditions and legal protections of people with disabilities in 52 countries (for example: Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, Nicaragua, and others). This 298-page report was published by the Center for International Rehabilitation, June 2003.

International and Humanitarian Law Library, of the World Legal Information Institute

Offers an extensive on-line library of legal resources. Searches multiple on-line databases of international and humanitarian laws, case law, and law journals.

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