The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) sets out what human rights mean in the context of disability. The first human rights treaty of the twenty-first century, it represents a major step towards realising the right of disabled people to be treated as full and equal citizens.

By ratifying the CRPD in 2009, the UK is committed to promoting and protecting the full enjoyment of human rights by disabled people and ensuring they have full equality under the law. The Convention covers a wide range of areas including:

  • health
  • education
  • employment
  • access to justice
  • personal security
  • independent living
  • access to information

You can read the full text of the Convention on the UN website. It is also available in an easy read format.