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Working with and on behalf of II
Inclusion International depends on a large network of people, organizations and agencies to advance our global vision of a world where people with intellectual disabilities and their families can equally participate and be valued in all aspects of community life. In order to ensure that our partners or individuals acting in the name of II, have a clear understanding of the principles upon which we work; the activities and areas of action that we engage in and our expectations of accountability to our membership, we have developed the following guidelines for working with or in the name of Inclusion International... Read More>>

Position Papers


Living in the Community
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promotes: “The equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and (that States Parties) shall take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community…”... Read More>>


Children
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promotes

  • Full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children.
  • That in actions concerning children with disabilities the best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration.
  • That children with disabilities have the right to express their views freely on all matters affecting them, on an equal basis with other children, and to be provided with assistance to realize that right

Inclusion International demands that children with intellectual disabilities be recognised as having the same rights as all other children and that they should receive the supports they require to realize those rights... Read More>>


Education
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) promotes the goal of full inclusion and guarantees the right of every child to attend the regular school with the supports they require.
Inclusion International promotes the rights outlined in the CRPD as the basis for the full development of the person and as a means to enable the person to participate effectively in society. Inclusion International believes that all persons with disability should be able to choose inclusive education in their own community... Read More>>


Families
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the role of families in promoting the rights of people with disabilities:
“Convinced that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state, and that persons with disabilities and their family members should receive the necessary protection and assistance to enable families to contribute towards the full and equal enjoyment of the rights of persons with disabilities”... Read More>>


Legal Capacity
Inclusion international demands the right of every person with an intellectual disability to have their right to make decisions recognized and to receive the support they require in making those decisions. People should never be asked to give up their legal capacity in order to qualify to receive supports and services... Read More>>


UN Convention
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the role of families in promoting the rights of people with disabilities:
“Convinced that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state, and that persons with disabilities and their family members should receive the necessary protection and assistance to enable families to contribute towards the full and equal enjoyment of the rights of persons with disabilities”... Read More>>


A Right to Life
It was agreed at the 2006 Council Meeting that Self Advocates would develop material concerning some of the issues regarding their right to life and in particular their right to be born.
Robert Martin has spoken out on this issue many times and has drawn very strongly on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has been mindful of the use of language and has tried to set a middle ground without compromising the demand by... Read More>>


User Councils
Services are provided for people! The users of services should have a strong influence over and a choice of the services they use. This principle is even more important for people with intellectual disabilities who often depend on their services to a high degree. “Nothing about us, without us” must therefore also be the guiding principle for services for disabled people... Read More>>


Supported Decision Making
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities demands in its Article 12 equal recognition before the law for all persons with disabilities. This Position Paper explores which key elements are necessary to implement this principle in the legal systems of all countries that have ratified the Convention. Starting from the discussion of some basic notions regarding legal capacity, the Position Paper identifies eight elements that should be considered in the implementation of this article to make the UN Convention a tool that promotes the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities... Read More>>