The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different But Equal

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This volume brings together two important contemporary social movements: human rights and disability rights. It analyses the global struggle to realize equality, dignity, and comprehensive human and civil rights for persons with intellectual disabilities. In twenty original chapters, distinguished contributors from a range of disciplines address the latest international developments in the field. These include international human rights standards and other sources of legal protection, nondiscrimination laws and the economics of equality, preventative technology, remediation and habilitation, and lifestyle chices and autonomy. The volume is unique in specifically considering the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities from an international perspective. It identifies recent internatinal advances in their human rights and public policy positions, in addition to making recommendations for further advances at both the national and international levels. Although human rights are universal and persons with intellectual disabilities are entitled to protection under general human rights law, the authors argue that there are differences that must be taken into account in order that the intellectually disabled can enjoy even the most basic of rights. This volume explores the implications of altering the status quo, and offers policy-makers and professionals ways to learn from each other's innovations in protecting rights, implementing quality assurance measures, and applying the concepts of inclusion and the 'least restrictive environment'.