A Right to Decide – What are the best resources on supported decision-making?

A Right to Decide – What are the best resources on supported decision-making?

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We’re one quarter of the way through the 12 week campaign and we thought we’d take this opportunity to look to others who are campaigning for the right to act. They may not use the term ‘right to act’ but many people around the world are fighting for equal legal recognition for people with disabilities and we are promoting the same kind of change. This week we wrote about a family who helped rescue their son from being shackled to a hospital bed in Australia; and we learned about efforts in Kosovo to bring service providers on board with the CRPD call for change. We’re diversifying the language of the declaration which will allow us to bring the right to act message to more and more people around the world.

We also wanted to take this opportunity at the three week mark, to bring attention to some of the best resources on Article 12. We want to point to practical resources, resources which will help you discover ways to apply supported decision-making in people’s real lives, and from there, into policies and laws.

First up we must bring attention to the brilliant RIGHT TO DECIDE website (sound familiar?). The Right to Decide website was established by Inclusion Europe and seeks to bring into the one place, global examples of innovative practices for providing support. As the site describes:

This site offers unique information about support for people with intellectual disabilities in decision-making. It upholds the practical implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Support models can be found categorised by type of support or by area of life. Inclusion Europe welcomes the submission of any new models of good practice.

So get submitting if you know of a practice they haven’t included!

We must also point to others in the blogosphere who are looking at showcasing resources on human rights, disability and the right to act. Lucy Series is a blogger and socio-legal academic from the UK and her blog the Small Places, has a superb listing of resources on Article 12 and the CRPD. So if you haven’t already, we’d highly recommend you have a quick look. Lucy writes:

This page contains a selection of resources on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): the right to equal recognition before the law.  If you are new to the CRPD, you may find this short introduction helpful.  This page is a work in progress, so if you know of materials you think should be added please send me an email with your suggestions.  I have taken the decision not to include academic literature as it is extensive, technical and not always freely available without subscription – however if you are searching for a paper on a particular topic related to legal capacity and the CRPD, I would be happy to see if I know of any which may help.

So everyone wants you to send them examples. And so do we. So if you wish to share any work you’re doing on the right to act, send examples to us, or to the Right to Decide website, or to Lucy Series.
We wish you all a happy weekend and we’ll be back next week with some interesting news and events from across the world. We’re looking forward to a guest blog from our allies in Kenya, and another in the Czech Republic… Lots to look forward to. Till then,The PERSON team.



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