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Included in Law, Excluded in Life - a guide for the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities


Included in Law, Excluded in Life - a guide for the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities
Report by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, International Centre for Evidence on Disability (2015)

The rights to education, work, and health of persons with disabilities are recognised in numerous legal instruments; the most pertinent for the current paper is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), (2011).

Our previous report on ‘The Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities’ (2014), presented evidence of exclusion of persons with disabilities from education, employment, and health in low and middle income countries. This legal framework addresses these barriers by making recommendations aimed at policy makers and programme implementers.

In this report we analysed the specification of the rights to education, work and health in UN documents, and the stipulated standards that must be met. A three month consultation with global experts was undertaken. Programme implementers and disability advisors agreed on barriers which should be given priority to address in low and middle income countries. They reached a consensus on recommendations to make accordingly. The barriers and recommendations have been summarised in the tables of the full report.

For more information about this publication please contact the author, Lisa Montel, at Lisa.Montel@lshtm.ac.uk