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Future Prospects For The United Nations Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

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This chapter provides an overview of the background to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, or Convention). It summarizes the Convention's substantive content, and considers some of the more immediate ways that the CRPD may positively impact the lives of persons with disabilities worldwide. To assess the future prospects of the CRPD for improving the lives of the six hundred and fifty million individuals with disabilities worldwide, the chapter focuses on three areas where the Convention can have a more immediate impact, beginning with abstract rights notions and moving towards more concrete results. The effects the author identifies include the expressive value of acknowledging disability-based human rights; the impact of requiring States Parties (and non States Parties) to reflect upon and engage with domestic-level disability laws and policies; and advances in social integration by persons with disabilities that are facilitated through the CRPD's inclusive development mandate.

Keywords: CRPD; disability-based human rights; domestic-level disability laws; United Nations



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