CRPD Information

CRPD Essentials

USICD's CRPD Fact Sheet - Last Updated Nov. 8, 2010

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - PDF version
Download the PDF version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities here

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Microsoft Word
This is a version of the CRPD and its Optional Protocol in word format.

Index of CRPD article titles
This document provides a listing of the article headings from the CRPD, and can be used as an index to the substantive articles of the treaty.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Questions and Answers (Word format, 119 Kb)
This 10-page document produced by the United Nations summarizes the purpose of the CRPD and the Optional Protocol and the human rights they are meant to protect. Also describes how the CRPD is meant to be implemented and monitored and how the CRPD was first developed.

Easy Read Version of the CRPD
This PDF file summarizes all 50 articles of the CRPD in simple language with pictures. Easier to read than the original CRPD and the "plain language" version.

An Introduction to the CRPD in Plain Language
This acessible PDF document provides a plain language introduction to the CRPD's vision, purpose and history. 

Plain-Language Version of the CRPD and Optional Protocol
People who have difficulty understanding the legal language used in the official version of the CRPD and Optional Protocol can read this plain-language version instead.  Presents the full text of the CRPD and Optional Protocol, but revised into more accessible language.

United Nations (UN) Enable
The official website on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Link to the full text of the Convention and Optional Protocol in multiple languages; find out whether your country has signed or ratified the CRPD and Optional Protocol; or learn about disability throughout the UN system.

Ratification Resources

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - PDF version

Download the PDF version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities here

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Microsoft Word

This is a version of the CRPD and its Optional Protocol in word format.

Disabled Peoples International (DPI) Ratification and Implementation Toolkits

Advocates can use the DPI Ratification Toolkit as a guide to the process of working with their national government to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The accompanying Implementation Toolkit offers guidance to advocates on how to ensure that their country fully implements the CRPD.

Finding the Gaps: A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the United States to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Compares existing laws in the United States against the CRPD and analyzes the gaps in these laws. By the National Council on Disability; 146 pages.

 

Implementation Resources

A Community for All: Implementing Article 19

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Questions and Answers (Word format, 119 Kb)

This 10-page document produced by the United Nations summarizes the purpose of the CRPD and the Optional Protocol and the human rights they are meant to protect. Also describes how the CRPD is meant to be implemented and monitored and how the CRPD was first developed.

Disabled Peoples International (DPI) Ratification and Implementation Toolkits

Advocates can use the DPI Ratification Toolkit as a guide to the process of working with their national government to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The accompanying Implementation Toolkit offers guidance to advocates on how to ensure that their country fully implements the CRPD.

DPI CRPD primers

DPI has produced a series of two page primers about the CRPD, providing information about the issues and obligations addressed in the CRPD.  Versions in French and Spanish can also be accessed through the main DPI portal.

Globally Comparable Data on Disability Policies

Find data and fact sheets comparing disability-related policies from around the world. These particularly focus on the rights of people with disabilities under the constitution of their country, access to disability inclusive education, access to income support, and access to family health needs.

Guidance Document: Effective Use of International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms to Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Explains the role of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in monitoring implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Provides guidance in how disability advocates can influence how governments report on the status of disability rights to the Committee and how they can prepare their own parallel reports.  Published in May 2010; 83 pages.

La vigie de l’exercice des droits des personnes ayant des incapacités au Canada Vigie de Toronto fiche d’information sur la participation sociale, Juillet 2010 (in French)

Disability Rights Promotion International Canada produced this two-page fact sheet monitoring the status of social participation for people with disabilities in Toronto, Canada.  In French; see also version in English.

Making It Work (MIW) Initiative

The purpose of Handicap International's Making It Work Initiative is to inspire practitioners, policy makers and advocates in their effective implementation of the CRPD by collecting and exchanging examples of good practices and advocating for good policies that are in line with the CRPD. 

Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Guidance for Human Rights Monitors

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released this guide that advises how to monitor what is--and isn't--being done to protect the human rights of people with disabilties. Available in PDF format, 68 pages.

Monitoring the Human Rights of People with Disabilities in Canada: Toronto Monitoring Site Fact-sheet on Social Participation, July 2010 (English)

Disability Rights Promotion International Canada has produced this two-page fact sheet monitoring the status of social participation for people with disabilities in Toronto, Canada. In English; see also version in French.

Monitoring the Human Rights of People with Disabilities in Canada: Toronto Monitoring Site Fact Sheet

Disability Rights Promotion International Canada (DRPI-Canada) has released a fact sheet from its human rights monitoring project in Toronto.  The fact sheet presents a summary of the findings of disability rights monitoring focusing on the individual experiences of persons with disabilities. The monitoring project in Toronto was led by DPRI's partner, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT). People with disabilities participated fully in all aspects of the project as coordinators and monitors. Preliminary results were discussed and feedback incorporated by means of a focus group organized with the support of CILT.

See Me, Hear Me - A guide to using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights of children

This 200-page guide from Save the Children UK, published in May 2009, explains how to use the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to improve the protection of the human rights of children with disabilities. Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, and French.

The Movement to Include People with Disabilities in a Human Rights Framework

The Movement to Include People with Disabilities in a Human Rights Framework, written by Julia Wolhandler, looks at the history of the implementation of the CRPD and its importance on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the international human rights framework.

The New Transatlantic Agenda and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway released a memo on the changes in disability law and policy reform. 

Understanding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This manual edited by Handicap International is a tool for explaining the content of the CRPD and provides detailed information on what occurred during the negotiation and drafting process. It gives a comprehensive overview of the CRPD, and the positions taken by the different stakeholders involved (government delegates, UN agencies, human rights institutions and other representatives from civil society, most importantly disabled people’s organizations (DPOs)).

This document also provides information on interpreting the text of the CRPD and providing further information for its implementation at the local, national, regional and international levels.

 

Education and Outreach Resources

For access to resources specifically addressing education and outreach on the CRPD, please visit our CRPD Education and Outreach initiative page here.  There you will find a variety of toolkits, analyses and other relevant resources.