Autism Advocacy Network

Neurodiversity Human Rights

Neurodiversity is a term used to describe a range of neurological differences, including conditions like autism and ADHD. Neurodiversity is not a disorder, but rather a different way of thinking, processing information, and experiencing the world.

Supporters of neurodiversity argue that the traditional view of neurological conditions as disorders is harmful. They say that it leads to people with neurodivergent conditions being seen as defective or broken, and that this can lead to them being marginalized or even discriminated against.

The neurodiversity movement aims to promote acceptance and understanding of neurological differences. It encourages people to see neurodivergent conditions as part of the natural diversity of the human race, and to celebrate the unique strengths that they bring to the world.

Mental health is a basic human right. Everyone has a right to feel good about themselves and to have positive relationships. People also have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Dignity is one of the most important concepts in human rights. It is the idea that every person is worthy of respect and deserves to be treated with respect. This means that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect, no matter what they look like, where they come from, or what they believe.

Dignity is also about the right to make choices and to be treated as an individual. This means that everyone has the right to be free from discrimination and to be treated equally, regardless of their sex, race, religion, or any other characteristic.

Dignity is a key part of human rights because it is essential for people to feel respected and valued. When people feel that their dignity is respected, they are more likely to respect the rights of others. This is why it is so important to protect the dignity of all people, and why it is one of the central principles of human rights.

Disability is a human rights issue.

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the world. They often experience discrimination and exclusion in all areas of their lives, including in their access to education, employment, health care, and other basic services.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first human rights treaty to explicitly recognize the rights of people with disabilities. The CRPD was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, and entered into force in 2008.

The CRPD sets out a range of rights for people with disabilities, including the right to equality, to freedom from discrimination, to education, to health care, to work, and to an adequate standard of living.

The CRPD also recognizes the importance of participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. It calls on States Parties to take measures to ensure that people with disabilities can exercise their rights and participate in all areas of life, including in decision-making processes.

The CRPD is a powerful tool to promote the rights of people with disabilities. States Parties are required to report on their progress in implementing the CRPD, and civil society organizations play an important role in monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Convention.

The CRPD is a step forward in the recognition of the human rights of people with disabilities, but much work still needs to be done to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized.

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