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The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

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ISBN13: 9780198267799
ISBN: 0198267797
Published: May 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £145.00



This volume brings together two important contemporary social movements: human rights and disability rights. It analyses the global struggle to realize equality, dignity, and comprehensive human and civil rights for persons with intellectual disabilities. In twenty original chapters, distinguished contributors from a range of disciplines address the latest international developments in the field. These include international human rights standards and other sources of legal protection, nondiscrimination laws and the economics of equality, preventative technology, remediation and habilitation, and lifestyle chices and autonomy. The volume is unique in specifically considering the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities from an international perspective. It identifies recent internatinal advances in their human rights and public policy positions, in addition to making recommendations for further advances at both the national and international levels.;Although human rights are universal and persons with intellectual disabilities are entitled to protection under general human rights law, the authors argue that there are differences that must be taken into account in order that the intellectually disabled can enjoy even the most basic of rights. This volume explores the implications of altering the status quo, and offers policy-makers and professionals ways to learn from each other's innovations in protecting rights, implementing quality assurance measures, and applying the concepts of inclusion and the 'least restrictive environment'.

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Contents:
Dedication; Foreword; Introduction; I. CONCEPTUALIZING INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: HISTORY AND TERMINOLOGY; 1. Meeting the Needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities: International Perspectives; 2. Terminology and Power; 3. Definitions and Classifications in Cross-cultural Perspectives; 4. Social Policy Toward Intellectual Disablilities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; II. THE HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT: INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND STANDARDS; 5. From Wrongs to Rights: International Human Rights and Legal Protection; 6. Disability as a Subject of International Human Rights Law and Comparative Discrimination Law; 7. Human Rights Standards and Legal Reforms; 8. Liberty, Due Process, and the Pursuit of Happiness; III. THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT: ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION; 9. The Potential of Disability Nondiscrimination Laws; 10. When Legislation Should Take Intellectual Disabilities into Account; 11. Statutory Changes in Disability Policy: Types of Legislation, Policies, and Goals; IV. EQUALITY AND DIFFERENCE: SOCIAL POLICY PERSPECTIVES; 12. On Second Thoughts: Constructing knowledge, Law, Disability, and Inequality; 13. Prevention of Disability: Is There a Conflict between Public health Prevention and Respect for Persons with Disabilities; 14. Studying the Emerging Workforce; 15. The Economics of Equality: An Exploration of Country Differences; 16. Out-of-home Placement of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: the Need for a Family Support Policy; 17. Self Determination, Autonomy, and Alternatives for Guardianship; V. FUTURE GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS; 18. Voices of Self-advocates; 19. Recommendations for Developing Nations; 20. Recommendations for the United Nations and International NGOs; Conclusion