Article 19: Living Independently & Being Included in the Community

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Article 19: Living Independently &
Being Included in the Community
Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities
 Created by the United Nations
 Protects people with disabilities and their families
 Talks about
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Respect and independence for everyone
Full participation and inclusion in society
Equal opportunity
Accessibility
Equal opportunity for men and women
Article 19
 Is a part of the Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities
 Has three parts:
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Talks about having choices on an equal basis with
others
2. Talks about services and support for people with
disabilities
3. Talks about available and accessible community
services and facilities
Equal Choices
 This means that people with disabilities should…
 Have the opportunity to choose where they live
 Have the opportunity to choose who they live with
 Not be forced to live in a particular living arrangement
Supports and Services
 This means that people with disabilities should have
access to…
 Support services within their homes
 Support services within their communities
 The personal assistance needed to help them to live
independently and be included in their communities
 Supports and services that will prevent isolation and
segregation
Community Services & Facilities
 This means that people with disabilities should be
able to…
 Have access to community services and facilities
 Use community services that are available to everyone,
without any problems
 Use community facilities that are available to everyone,
without any problems
Community Services & Facilities
 These services and facilities include:
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Healthcare
Education
Employment
Transportation
Housing
Article 19
 Put together, the three parts of Article 19 mean that
people with disabilities should…
 Not have to live separately from the rest of their
community
 Be able to participate fully within the community
 Be able to make choices for themselves
Living Independently &
Inclusion in the Community
 For community inclusion and participation we need:
 Supports for individuals
 Supports for families
 Inclusive services and facilities
Inclusion International’s Global
Campaign
 Inclusion International wants people to:
 Learn about Article 19
 Share experiences about community inclusion and
community living
 Share strategies to help people live independently in
their communities
Inclusion International’s Global
Campaign
 Through the study, Inclusion International wants to
figure out:
 What “living in the community” means for people
around the world
 How we can help to make sure everyone has the
opportunity to live and participate in their communities
 What is working and what is not working to allow
people to live independently and be included
Focus Group
With your help we can help figure
out how to make Article 19 a
reality for all!
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