Institutions are no substitute for living at home and being in the community. This is true for adults with disabilities. As you might imagine, institutions are even worse for children. For people of any age, even in the best possible circumstances, institutions significantly increase the risk for abuse and neglect. UNICEF has noted that children… Continue reading Homes, Not Institutions for Children with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that critically extended Section 504’s disability nondiscrimination mandate to the private sector. The ADA reaches such entities as private employers (with 15 or more employees), retailers, service establishments, transportation companies, and telecommunication companies, regardless of whether they receive federal financial assistance. The law is… Continue reading Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
The laws included on the RightsNow! website are primarily rights-oriented laws that prohibit many different kinds of entities, such as individuals, state and municipal governments, private employers and businesses, and service organizations, from discriminating on the basis of disability. However, we include some explanation and links related to the ongoing federal benefits and support laws that pertain… Continue reading National U.S. Disability Laws
These laws were passed between 2000 and 2014 and are only provided in Spanish.
Introduction In many countries, people with disabilities may be forced to live in an institution even if they might prefer to live in their own home. Being unable to choose where you live and who you live with is itself a human rights violation. People placed in institutions often experience additional human rights violations such… Continue reading De-institutionalization and Community Integration
The 14th Session of the CRPD Committee took place from August 14 to September 4, 2015. The CRPD 14th Session Documents link below will take you to a UN site where the country and shadow reports submitted to the Committee for consideration, and the Committee’s own working documents and observations/reports can be downloaded. Kenya was one… Continue reading Work of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Kenya and the CRPD Kenya was among the 44 countries to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) when it first opened for signature on March 30, 2007. It ratified the CRPD on May 5, 2008. Kenya did not sign the Optional Protocol, which allows the Committee on the Rights of… Continue reading Formal Operation of the CRPD in Kenya
Armenia and the CRPD Armenia signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) along with 43 other countries when the Convention was first signed into law on March 30, 2007. Armenia also signed the Optional Protocol (which allows the Committee to listen to individual complainants from Armenia) at that time. However, while… Continue reading Formal Operation of the CRPD in Armenia