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UN report on good practices of support systems for inclusive communities

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a report examining several good practices of social services to foster community inclusion for persons with disabilities.

The report highlights the importance of adopting a disability rights-based approach to support and care, and identifies key policy areas:

  • Social protection: different forms of cash benefits to support people with disabilities; access to assistive technology, products and services; tax exemptions, fee waivers and subsidies.
  • Human support: unpaid support from family members and relatives, mainly women and girls, and paid support from support and care workers.
  • Infrastructure: transportation, housing, digital technology.
  • Legal capacity, deinstitutionalisation.

A series of cross-sectoral good practices are also identified, with the aim of addressing the challenges that States face in developing support systems policies:

  • Effective governance structures, which consist of adequate legal, policy and institutional frameworks.
  • Measuring support and care needs via effective information and knowledge management systems.
  • Ensuring adequate financing.
  • Raising awareness and improving education.

 More about the OHCHR report.

Source: EASPD News

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