“ States Parties shall take effective and appropriate measures, including through peer support, to enable persons with disabilities to attain and maintain their maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life. To that end, States Parties shall organize, strengthen and extend comprehensive habilitation and rehabilitation services, particularly in the areas of health, employment, education and social services."
Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, article 26 (extract)
Handicap & CBR
According to the International Labour Convention, UNESCO and the World Health Organizations Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is “a strategy that’s part of the broader process of community development. It focuses on rehabilitation, equal rights and social integration of people – children and adults- with disabilities. CBR is based upon the joint efforts of people with disabilities, their families and caretakers and finally the service providers within the areas of education, health, vocational training and social services in general”. Supporters of CBR advocate combining the individual approach with services focussed on inclusion and rooted in the own community.