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People With Disabilities - Adequate Standard of Living and Social Protection

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-08-09 (Revised/Updated 2016-10-03) - People with Disabilities have the right to an adequate standard of living not only for themselves but for their family - Wendy Taormina-Weiss.

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Quote: "The United States of America, through the Obama Administration, has signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unfortunately - this same administration has not ratified the treaty or its protocols."

People with Disabilities have the right to an adequate standard of living, not only for themselves, but for their family.

An, 'adequate standard of living,' includes food, housing, clothing, needed social services, as well as medical care. It includes the right to security should the person become unemployed, experience an illness, become a widow or widower, or reach an age where supports become needed.

An adequate standard of living also involves supports should they experience other lack of livelihood in circumstances that are beyond their control. Mothers, as well as children, have the right to care and assistance. Every child has a right to the same social protections - despite ability.

What exactly does all of this mean

What this means that is you, as a person with disabilities, have the right to whatever you need so that you and your family do not go hungry, have housing, as well as clothing. You have the right to receive assistance:

  • If you are sick
  • For your baby
  • If you are aging
  • If you are out of work
  • If your spouse has died
  • If you are a mother who is going to have a baby
  • If you do not earn a living for reasons you cannot help

Children; every child - despite ability, all have the same rights. The marital status of the child's mother does not matter. You have the right to services such as water and sanitation services. You also have the right to educational services. People with disabilities, as persons who are often times most in need, should be given consideration first with development objectives given priority to the most underprivileged among our population. The reason for this is to eradicate poverty, promote full, productive employment of people with disabilities, as well as to encourage active participation by people with disabilities in society.

An adequate standard of living and social protections means the possibility of obtaining, 'work through dignity,' meaning attempts to hire people with disabilities to work at under minimum wage needs to be illegal. It means we have the right to living conditions that are above the poverty line. We have a right to the money needed to purchase items we need for basic nutrition and basic necessities, as well as the costs of participating in society.

Defining, 'Care'

'Care,' is the provision of attention, time and supports, in a person with a disability's household and community which meet their physical, mental, and social needs. Care leads to the optimal use of human, organizational, and economic resources. When taken in the context of child nutrition, care provides for the optimal use of a person's household food resources for the feeding of children. Care implies the effective usage of resources to protect people with disabilities and others from infection, illness, and to assist people with disabilities. Care also involves the nurturing of a person's psychological and emotional health.

The provision of care combats disease and malnutrition, involving a framework of primary health care and the application of readily available medical technologies. It involves the provision of adequate nutritious foods and clean water while taking into consideration the risks and dangers involved with environmental pollution and the effects these can have on people with disabilities. Care ensures the provision of all needed medical assistance and health care to people with disabilities.

Care involves ensuring appropriate pre-natal and post-natal health care for mothers with disabilities. Care ensures that both parents and children with disabilities have access to health care education and that we are supported in the use of basic knowledge of health and nutrition. It means that we have support in the knowledge of the advantages of health care information such as hygiene and environmental sanitation, breast-feeding, and the prevention of accidents. Care means the development of preventative health care, as well as family planning education and services, and guidance for parents.

America has Signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The United States of America, through the Obama Administration, has signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unfortunately - this same administration has not ratified the treaty or its protocols. By signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the United States of America has recognized the rights of Persons with Disabilities in America. The United States of America has recognized the need to pursue continuous improvement of living conditions for us. The United States of America has recognized that not doing so comprises discrimination on the basis of disability.

The United States of America, through signing the CRPD, has recognized the right of people with disabilities to the social protections outlined above, as well as our right to the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and social protection without discrimination on the basis of disability. America has stated that it will take appropriate steps to safeguard our rights, promote our rights, and realize our rights.

The CRPD - Article 28 - www2.ohchr.org/english/law/disabilities-convention.htm#28

Handbook for Parliamentarians on the CRPD - www.un.org/disabilities/default.aspid=212



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