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A guide to the UN disability convention

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: What does it mean for you?

A guide to the UN disability convention

The Convention is a new international human rights agreement that:

  • recognises that we are all equal. Disabled people have the same rights as everyone else to freedom, respect, equality and dignity.
  • brings together all our basic human rights in one place
  • describes what government has agreed to do to make these rights real.

The Convention was created because often our human rights are not respected and we face many barriers to inclusion in society.

The Convention is not just a paper ‘declaration’ without any teeth.  It requires government to take action to remove barriers and give disabled people real freedom, dignity and equality.  We can use it in lots of different ways to make sure our rights are respected and to get a better deal.

This guide, written by one of the legacy organisations of DR UK for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), aims to explain:

  • What your human rights are and how they are protected.
  • What difference the Convention could make to your life.
  • How you can be involved in putting the Convention into practice.
  • How you can use the Convention to challenge injustice and improve services.

This guide is for people living in England, Wales and Scotland. The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have produced a separate guide which explains how the Convention will work in Northern Ireland.

See also the DWP's Easy Read Guide on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities