K. Muir and B. Goldblatt
Disability and Society, vol. 26, 2011, p. 629-642
Young people with disabilities and challenging behaviour have important rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The siblings and parents of these young people also have human rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The different sets of rights for each group do not always work well together due to the inadequacy of community-based supports and services for the whole family. Governments need to deliver services and supports that realise the human rights of all family members.
Disability and Society, vol. 26, 2011, p. 507-520
This article tells the story of what happens when foreign funding crosses national boundaries. Focusing on a case example of disability rights activism in the context of war, it reports findings of a study conducted with activists who were part of a grassroots organisation in Lebanon. It suggests that while foreign funding brings necessary supports, it can hold negative impacts for disability rights activism. It argues that the strategies, approaches and conditions imposed through foreign funding are often problematic because they reinforce neo-colonial discourses leading to the exclusion and marginalisation of disabled people.
L. Moriarity and K. Dew
Disability and Society, vol. 26, 2011, p. 683-697
This study examines the involvement of persons with disabilities in the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, from the perspective of key informants in the New Zealand disability sector. It found that participants viewed the interactions between persons with disabilities in New Zealand and officials in New York positively. Participants also viewed the partnership established between persons with disabilities and the New Zealand government positively. More broadly, the participation of persons with disabilities provided a mutually enriching learning experience, reduced political machinations between nations, increased government accountability, and resulted in a more relevant text. The research highlights characteristics of successful participatory processes involving persons with disabilities and some of the benefits of their inclusion in the policy process.