253508 Protection of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Robert D. Dinerstein, PhD , Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC
This presentation will analyze key provisions of the UN CRPD (CRPD) that most affect people with intellectual disabilities, including Articles 12 (Equal Recognition before the Law), 14 (Liberty and security of person), 15 (Freedom from torture, etc.), 16 (Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse), 19 (Living independently and being included in the community), 24 (Education), and 26 (Habilitation and Rehabilitation), among others. The presentation will discuss both the conceptual underpinnings of these provisions (as well as the social model of disability that underlies the CRPD as a whole) and practical considerations for people with intellectual disabilities and their allies seeking to make use of the CRPD's provisions to recognize and extend their rights.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements

Learning Objectives:
Identify key provisions of the CRPD relating to people with intellectual disabilities. Explain the significance of these provisions conceptually and practically. Discuss the implications of these provisions and the entire CRPD for recognition of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

Keywords: International Public Health, Disability Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a law professor with over 28 years of experience teaching and writing in the area of disability law, as well as practice experience in the area prior to entering teaching and currently as director of the law school’s Disability Rights Law Clinic. My particular focus has been on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. In addition, I have made a number of presentations on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially on Article 12 of the Convention (on legal capacity) and have consulted on international disability issues in countries such as Hungary, Ghana, Malawi, Slovenia and Argentina, among others. I also work extensively with NGOs in the area, such as Disability Rights International (formerly Mental Disability Rights International).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.