Disability Rights Fund report one in seven March 2013

Disability Rights Fund report one in seven March 2013

This report brings to light the countless individuals and organizations — whose voices are so often marginalized and ignored — who are now asserting control over their own lives and insisting on inclusion as
subjects and not objects of the rights-respecting world. Their mantra is “Nothing about us without us.” And the foundation of their demands is impossible to ignore: a human rights treaty ratified by 129 countries in the space of four years, codifying a rights-based approach to disability in international law.

In the course of four years of grantmaking, the Disability Rights Fund has uncovered thousands of stories that add up to a single larger story — the story of a movement out to change who is included in the definition of human.

The Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative that empowers persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society. Fueled by the momentum of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), DRF funds disabled persons organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Pacific. The Fund provides grants for activities such as documentation of rights violations, advocacy for rights fulfillment, and expansion of voice and visibility for particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community, in pursuit of systemic change.

This report documents the potential of new rights organizations to expand and strengthen the very definition of "universal" human rights.