CALL: Involuntary (re)habilitation / by Erich Kofmel

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing a study on article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council at its session in early 2019. Article 26 is concerned with habilitation and rehabilitation, which may lead to human rights violations against autistic persons such as forced treatment and involuntary institutionalization, lack/denial of access to assistive technology, and compliance-based traumatizing early interventions like Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at the behest of parents or caregivers, but without the autistic child's own consent.

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Please submit information about the situation in your respective countries to them directly (in accessible format, i.e. as a Word document):

Deadline: 1 September 2018

All submissions will be posted on the OHCHR's website.

Input for a possible submission by Autistic Minority International on issues of particular relevance to autistic children and adults beyond the national level should be sent to us as soon as possible: