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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) - Article 19

Updated: May 23, 2024

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is an agreement written by the United Nations about Disabled people’s rights.

Please note that ILF Scotland follow the social model of disability and uses the words disabled people rather than 'people with disabilities' as used by the UN.

Article 19 - Living Independently and Being Included in the Community

States Parties to the present Convention recognize the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and shall 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, including by ensuring that:

a) Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement;

b) Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community;

c) Community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities and are responsive to their needs.

You can read and download an Easy Read version version of Article 19 of the UNCRPD produced by Inclusion London here.

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