Day of General Discussion on Article 19

On 19 April, 2016, as part of its 15th session in Geneva, the CRPD Committee will host a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on CRPD Article 19: the right to live independently and be included in the community.

The purpose of the DGD will be to contribute to the development of a General Comment on CRPD Article 19. This is an important opportunity to contribute to the global understanding of the right to live and be included in the community.

II is pleased to highlight that the CRPD Committee has invited Fadia Farah, Senada Halilcevic, and Juan Cobeñas to be panelists at the DGD.


They will help ensure the voice of our movement is heard at the DGD.

If you are planning on attending the DGD please let us know! Anna MacQuarrie, amacquarrie@inclusion-international, will be coordinating a group schedule.

Inclusion International submission to DGD

Inclusion International (II) submitted Inclusive Communities = Stronger Communities to the CRPD Committee as part of their consultations on the Day of General Discussion. To develop the submission, II built on our 2012 global report on living and being included in the community and hosted 2 webinars with 31 participants. II’s submission highlights what people with intellectual disabilities and their families have told us about their right to live and be included in the community: “we need choice; we need support, and we need inclusion in all aspects of our communities

Inclusion International side session

On 18 April, 2016 at 9am, II will host a side session on living and being included in the community in Geneva at the CRPD Committee.

The side session will highlight the information in our submission to the Committee and profile successful experiences and efforts to support people to be included in their communities.

An agenda for the side session will be available shortly.

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