The UN CRPD committee are a group of experts writing guidelines for countries on how to close institutions and make sure everyone can live in the community.

The guidelines are called Guidelines on Deinstitutionalization of Persons with Disabilities, including in emergency situations and will be published in 2022.

How they were created

From January to June 2021 the Committee’s Working Group on Deinstitutionalization organized 7 regional consultations for stakeholders in Africa, Asia Pacific, Central and South America, Caribbean and North America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Europe and European Union, Middle-East and North Africa.

They collected input from more than 500 persons with disabilities and their representative organizations which helped them to identify the main key topics for the guidelines.

Unfortunately the UN CRPD Committee consultation process was not accessible. This means that people with intellectual disabilities could not take part.

What we did to be included

Our self-advocate members have created a global report about their experiences, ideas and expectations on closing institutions and living in the community.

This report includes:

  • what self-advocates said about the situation on institutions and living in the community;
  • what self-advocates have worked on and good examples of this work;
  • the recommendations self-advocates have, these are the most important things that we think should happen to close institutions and make inclusion in the community real.

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