Embracing disability as a normal part of human diversity requires making institutions, norms and legislation inclusive of persons with disabilities, protecting their rights.
But in order to succeed, we must also challenge fears and historical misperceptions about disability, and promote a culture that values diversity as humanity's most precious asset.

Imagine a world where we embrace human diversity. We remove the barriers in society and institutions that create discrimination and inequality. We go past the fear and misconceptions that have historically resulted in so much pain and social exclusion. We see disability as part of human diversity, like any other difference. And we see the contributions that persons with disabilities make in all areas of society.

We are at the beginning of this process, but the road ahead requires hard work and determination. More than one billion persons with disabilities around the world are far from a monolithic group, and their diversity is something that must be recognized and engaged. Women and girls, as well as persons with disabilities from indigenous communities, religious minorities and other historically marginalized communities, are among the most vulnerable persons in the world. They face violence, discrimination and often insurmountable barriers that keep them excluded from most aspects of community life.  

We have made progress: Since the signing of Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in 2006, Governments are starting to see the exclusion of persons with disabilities as a problem that impacts society as a whole. Leaders around the world now understand that we will fail in making our societies more fair and inclusive if 15% of our population remains excluded from socio-economic opportunities and full participation.

But many more changes are still needed, throughout norms, institutions and legislation, as well as cultural practices and attitudes. Embracing diversity will require breaking down the barriers that cause disproportionate poverty among persons with disabilities, enabling effective ways for their participation in decision-making, and new imaginations of what disability is, from a human rights perspective. Only by embracing diversity, we can aspire to a world in which nobody is left behind.


Prioridades y oportunidades para avanzar hacia la inclusiĆ³n / Priorities to advance towards inclusion

En este video-mensaje, la Relatora Especial reflexiona acerca de las prioridades para avanzar en el cumplimiento y la implementacion de la Convención de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, así como sobre las oportunidades que la agenda de desarrollo sustentable 2030 abre para la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad. (Subtitulado, con traductor automático a multiples idiomas)

In this video-message. the Special Rapporteur discuss priorities to advance in the implementation of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, and the opportunities presented by the 2030 sustainable development agenda for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. (Captioned, with auto-translate in multiple languages)

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