End of Week 1: “Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens…”

End of Week 1: “Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens…”

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From Belgium to Australia, Kenya to Nepal, the Americas to rural Ireland, we’ve had signatures for the declaration from all over the world!

At the end of the first week of the Right to Act campaign we’re pleased to add our list of people who have stood behind the call of Article 12.

We heard from Professor-Dr. Jean A. Rondal from the University of Liège, Belgium, and from the eminent Professor Anna Lawson, Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds. We heard from students, activists, government ministers, and others, who wanted to express their support.

Emer Lavin from the Irish Centre for Gerontology signed the declaration and wrote:

‘I would like to endorse the implentation of Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  PWD deserve to have their rights respected by the law of the land and by international law. What happens in practice is much more important. Support must be provided where necessary and if this involves cost the State ought to be responsible for this. PWD need a channel to voice concerns, discuss and argue about whatever they want whether or not it relates to disability issues.’

Stephanie Koennecker wrote:

I support this declaration because I believe in equality and human rights for people with disabilities and they should be able to live a normal life as much as possible, to the best of their ability and with the right help and support, but they should be treated as individuals and not objects of pity or charity.

And from Kenya, we received this image from one of the most prominent legal capacity law and policy reform advocates in Africa, Elizabeth Kamundia:


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How is that sculpture back there?

So! With all these supporters, how many signatures do we so far have?

We’re excited to announce that after only five days of being live we’ve received over 160 signatures. This includes both those who found us online, via facebook and twitter, and the stellar efforts of our allies at Sumero.

Here is a list of those who emailed us in the last five days:

Sinead Keogh
Martin O’ Connor
Theerada Somanand
james mcclean
Martina McTiernan
Donna McNamara
Aytek Çingitaş
Clare Lenehan
Ann Lyons
Maura O Loughlin
Shonagh O’Brien
Colm Lennon
Philippa Brennan
Lynnae Ruttledge
Linda Lee
Meenraj Panthee
Virginie Hoarau
Donal O’Brien
Michelle Granville
Deborah Gill
Erick Fierro
Sanja Cvejic
Ingrid Heindorf
Andrew Power
jeanne moore
Alex Pearl
Charlotte May-Simera
Martina Neylon
Amanda Keeling
Ray McDonnell
Joanna Forde
marelen cahill
Danielle Kennan
Jim Winters
Elizabeth Kamundia
Veronika Mitro
Ivana Nikolic
Svjetlana Timotic
Liam Keogh
Dany Carroll
Joanna Forde
Ruth Cotter
Jorge Manhique
Marina Tsikintikou
Emer Lavin
Sinead O’Malley
Petal Pilley
Patricia Mwanyisa
​Stephanie Koennecker
Noelle Burke
Jean Ronal

Thanks for your support and we’ll be updating our site in weeks to come. Some things to look forward to include a film festival in Ankara, Turkey, a post on emerging movements of self-advocacy by people with intellectual disabilities, and numerous other efforts for achieving real disability justice. Keep up the good work and please share your actions with us no matter how small.

As Margaret Mead wrote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of PERSON (Partnership to Ensure Reforms of Supports in Other Nations) and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.