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


Make it Simple: European Guidelines for the Production of Easy-to-Read Information for People with Learning Disability

Inaccessible information can make it more difficult for people with disabilities to protect themselves from discrimination and social justice. This 21-page publication from Inclusion Europe provides writers with guidelines for how to develop texts, publications, and videos that are more accessible to people with intellectual disabilities or who otherwise cannot read complex texts.

Mental health and development: from the local to the global

Based on practical experience at the local and regional level, the author argues that people with psychosocial disabilities should be and can be involved with the process of development work of all kinds. Relies particularly on evidence from India and Sri Lanka in discussing how stigma has barred people with psychosocial disabilities from development processes and why this is a human rights issue.

WNUSP Implementation Manual for the CRPD

This manual can guide users in implementing the CRPD with people who have used or survived psychiatry. It highlights aspects of the CRPD that are particularly relevant to users and survivors of psychiatry. These include the areas of legal capacity; liberty; right to live in the community; freedom from forced psychiatric interventions; and the right to participate in enforcing the CRPD. The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) released this manual in February 2008.

Self Advocacy Pack

People with intellectual disabilities are increasingly creating their own self-advocacy organizations to promote their own human rights. This web page enables you to download a set of four power point presentations. Each presentation can help you learn more about how to work with other people with intellectual disabilities. The presentations are written in “easy to read” language with pictures. In English, Portuguese, and Danish.

World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Improvement for Nations’ Development (MIND)

The WHO MIND project is focused on promoting access to mental health services and access to human rights for people with psycho-social disabilities. Their web site has more information about WHO’s mental health projects in countries around the world; information about policies affecting people with psycho-social disabilities; mental health and human rights; and mental health, poverty, and development.

PsychRights: Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, United Nations

On this page you can find a range of publications related to the CRPD, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between psychiatry and human rights. Includes documents such as a position paper by the International Disability Alliance on the CRPD; a paper on forced interventions and institutionalization as torture; human rights and psychiatry; and more.

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.

Mental Disability Advocacy Center

Advances the human rights of children and adults with actual or perceived intellectual or psycho-social disabilities. Focuses on Europe and Central Asia. Offers a training package based on the European Convention on Human Rights in multiple European languages. Has links to various international human rights instruments and international human rights organizations. Has web content in Hungarian.

Mental Disabilities Rights International Reports and Publications

MDRI has extensively documented human rights abuses against people with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities in institutions in several countries around the world. This page allows readers to download the resulting reports in PDF format.

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.

Publications on Human Rights and Intellectual Disability

Find a wide range of publications on topics related to human rights and people with intellectual disabilities. Many of the materials are labeled “easy to read,” meaning they have been written to be accessible to people with intellectual disabilities. Look for the blue logo of a “thumbs up” in front of a person reading a publication.

Hear Our Voices: A Global Report: People with an Intellectual Disability and their Families Speak Out on Poverty and Exclusion

In researching this report, Inclusion International spoke with people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and supporters in more than 80 countries about the experience of intellectual disability and poverty. It analyzes how the Millennium Development Goals are being met for people with intellectual disabilities.

Atlas: Global Resources for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

This Atlas from the World Health Organization (WHO) gives an overview of the extent to which resources and services for children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual disabilities are available throughout all the member states of WHO.

Young people with a physical disability

Discusses the situation of young people with disabilities and their human rights. This 29-page report is based on a 1999 seminar in which young people with physical disabilities from Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Romania shared their experiences.

4th All Africa Wheelchair Congress Report

Summarizes a series of remarks, panel discussions, and other conference sessions on how to promote appropriate wheelchair services across the African continent. The Congress was held in September 2007 in Tanzania. Refers in passing to Articles 9 (Accessibility) and 20 (Personal Mobility) in the CRPD.

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