The Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guarantees that persons with disabilities have equal autonomy and rights to full participation in society. But these guarantees to the fundamentals of citizenship have not yet been realized fully. There are many persons with disabilities that do not have the freedom to make decisions over their lives, and to live independently in the community.
One particularly important aspect in this is the participation and voice of persons with disabilities themselves. As well as at an individual level, persons with disabilities have the right for their voices to be heard in society. Whether in the community, the country, or the international arena, it is important that persons with disabilities and the organizations that represent them are contributing fully.
The Special Rapporteur has shared guidance on how to promote the participation of persons with disabilities
in political and public life. Including persons with disabilities in public decision-making requires consultation with them and with the organizations that represent them.