A Fundamental Principle of Human Rights: Dignity
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…”
– Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (UDHR), Preface (1948)
In the past, parents and others have been concerned that their children with I/DD can’t make decisions, or can’t make good decisions. They have been told that getting guardianship is the best way to protect their children, even as those children become adults.
Looking at people with I/DD through a human rights lens, we are able to see that by giving them appropriate supports to make their own choices, they can become more self-determined, more integrated into the community, and so also safer and better able to protect themselves.
U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Article 12