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Syrian refugees with disabilities attend an IFES workshop on political participation in Turkey (Photo: IFES)
All persons have the right to participate in political life, according to CRPD Article 29. IDPs and refugees with disabilities may encounter additional barriers as a result of their citizenship status and risk being denied a voice in decision-making.
A disability rights advocate in Sri Lanka presents recommendations for the constitution to the drafting body
Inclusive constitutions provide the basis for DPOs to advocate for the implementation and enforcement of their rights. The process of writing the constitution is a valuable opportunity for DPOs to engage their government on disability rights
An example of architecture built with universal design principles on the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California
Environments that limit access to transportation, education, housing, and jobs contribute to marginalization and exclusion and perpetuate the high rates of poverty and exclusion that people with disabilities experience
Linh, a Deaf delegate from Vietnam, speaks in sign language during a week-long training for disability rights leaders and policy makers from all six RightsNow! countries held in Washington DC in 2016
In my country, Sign Language interpreters are not certified. However, we are beginning to develop a certification program. What recommendations and U.S. laws do you have for us to consider as we begin this process?
RightsNow! Armenia participants vote on their priorities for a disability rights policy platform in January 2017. A policy platform may include recommendations on whether or not to adopt an employment or legislative quota
Quotas can increase access to political decision-making processes, empowering people with disabilities to be leaders in their communities, but are not supported by all disability rights advocates