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Remarks on disability rights legislation

John-Stewart Gordon (Department of Philosophy and Social Critique, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Felice Tavera-Salyutov (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 18 June 2018




The purpose of this paper is to examine and comment on disability rights legislation by focusing on international documents on people with impairments of the last decades, in order to provide more information on the dynamics of the disability rights movement and their moral plea for full inclusion.


By analyzing the international legislation and most important guidelines with respect to people with impairments, it is possible to portray a socio-political change by unfolding the agenda of the historical dimension of the decisive events.


The long and difficult struggle of people with impairments to beneficiaries of full human rights protection is a fundamental socio-political change that is documented by adhering to important international legislation and guidelines.


The examination of recent international legislation with respect to people with impairments provides historical context for current developments in the context of disability and full inclusion by conceding human rights as their moral and legal foundation.



Gordon, J.-S. and Tavera-Salyutov, F. (2018), "Remarks on disability rights legislation", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 37 No. 5, pp. 506-526.



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