London, August 31, 2016
CRPD Committee endorses Inclusion International position on Inclusive Education
On Friday 26th August 2016, The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities responsible for monitoring and interpreting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) released its General Comment No. 4 on education clarifying “that only inclusive education can provide both quality education and social development for persons with disabilities, and a guarantee of universality and non-discrimination in the right to education.” (Full General Comment)
The General Comment confirms findings of Inclusion International’s study Better Education for All: When We’re Included Too. It distinguishes between segregation, integration and inclusion and urges governments to transfer resources from segregated to inclusive settings. It also recognizes that persons with intellectual disabilities are among those at greater risk of exclusion from inclusive education than others.
Inclusion International Council member and President of Inclusion Europe Maureen Piggot together with Inclusion International Past-President Diane Richler attended meetings of the CRPD Committee in Geneva and met with Committee members to discuss the General Comment before its adoption.
“Members of the Committee recognized that for people with intellectual disabilities, being included in regular classes with their peers is a key to enjoying other rights guaranteed by the CRPD such as the right to live and be included in the community” said Piggot.
Richler added, “The CRPD describes the world we hope for and this General Comment paints a picture of the future we want – for disabled and non-disabled children alike. Education that brings out the strengths in every learner and fosters a more inclusive world.”
The CRPD also adopted a General Comment 3 on Article 6: Women and Girls with disabilities which notes the increased risks faced by women and girls with intellectual disabilities
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Inclusion International is an assembly of the voices of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families, defining a global vision of respect, diversity, human rights and inclusion. Its members are national family-based organizations in over 115 countries.