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Deinstitutionalisation and Community Living

Author: David Towell

Under the title ‘Living independently and being included in the community’, Article 19 of the United Nations Convention On The Rights Of Persons with Disabilities states clearly the obligation on governments to:

recognise the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community

As part of its global campaign to advance implementation of this Article for people with intellectual disabilities, Inclusion International hosted two days of consultations with representatives of its members in economically-advanced countries at the end of May 2012 in Brussels. This paper is based on notes from these meetings. It explores the progress made in advancing community living over the last generation and contemporary challenges in delivering the promise of Article 19.


The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.

Deinstitutionalisation and Community Living © David Towell 2012.

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