How can you use the CRPD to protect Deaf African rights? The authors of this book chapter explain how. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an important tool for protecting Deaf African rights. The CRPD is a legally binding, international treaty. Both Deaf organizations and policy makers are important in using the CRPD.
The chapter provides examples of using the CRPD to promote human rights. Deaf advocates used the CRPD to advocate for national recognition of their country’s sign language. People have also used the CRPD to advocate for communication rights, participation in elections, and access to justice, HIV/AIDS services, and education.
This book chapter is entitled, “Deaf Identity and Rights in Africa: Advancing Equality through the CRPD.” The chapter is in the book Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Signed Language Communities. Authors Janet E. Lord and Michael Ashley Stein wrote the book chapter. Audrey Cooper and Khadijat Rashid edited the book. The book published in 2015.
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