UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability

Mental Health Reform held 3 consultations and an information webinar on the UNCRPD in March. 

We were joined by the public to discuss health, access to justice, work and employment, awareness raising, and other issues. The experiences we collected during these consultations will be used to build a strong Mental Health Reform submission to the Initial State report on the UNCRPD.

You can read the full presentation by clicking the Information Webinar button below. We have also compiled an Easy Submission Template that might be useful in having your voice heard. Deadline for submission is Friday, 09 March 2021.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who shared their experience of living with psychosocial disability in Ireland during these forums.

If you would like further information on our work on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), please contact Elisa O’Donovan at eodonovan@mentalhealthreform.ie to get involved.

Background
Mental Health Reform are a funded member of the newly established Disability Participation and Consultation Network (DPCN).This Network has been established to ensure that persons with disabilities have input into making policy and laws in Ireland. Inclusion Ireland is leading the development of the Network, in partnership with AsIAm, the Coalition of Disabled Person’s Organisations, Disability Federation Ireland, and Mental Health Reform. 

A first task for the DPCN is to carry out consultation on the Initial State report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). 

What is the UNCRPD?
Ireland adopted the Convention in 2018. This means Ireland has made a commitment to protect and promote the rights of disabled people. Ireland must also report and be monitored on how well its implementing the Convention, and in 2021 will submit its first report.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations document which sets out a series of rights and principles on which Governments (States) must take steps to ensure that people can access and exercise the rights listed in the Convention.

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