11 International disability law and policy
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Chapter 11 provides a brief overview of international approaches to the prevention of disability discrimination. It notes both regional and country-specific approaches, but focuses on the United Nations’ 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”). The CRPD was the culmination of international efforts since the end of World War II that had aimed to improve international protection of human rights. The ADA’s Rights Model provided foundational elements for the CRPD’s international Human Rights Model of disability and its objective to spur change in the domestic laws of its signatory member nations. The two approaches share both important similarities and differences, some of which are briefly noted.

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