Part 3: Making rights a reality
There are different ways for you to get involved in the Convention and make the rights real. This Part tells you about the different things you can do to ensure the Convention is put into practice – at local, national and international level. It covers:
- What can I do to promote the Convention among disabled people and public bodies?
- How can I use the Convention to improve my life and that of other disabled people in Britain?
- How can I get involved in monitoring and reporting?
- How do I make a complaint about a violation of the Convention?
The Convention places obligations on the government to take steps to protect and promote disabled people’s human rights. While the Convention does not place direct legal obligations on public bodies they must still act in a way that is compatible with disabled people’s human rights. This might include taking positive steps to meet the standards set out in the Convention. When public bodies commission services from private or voluntary sector organisations they should ensure those organisations are respecting disabled people’s human rights.
Disabled people have been using the Human Rights Act to change things in their daily lives. For example, a disabled woman who needed a particular type of bed (so she could get up easily) was told by her local occupational therapy department they would only pay for a single bed. But this would mean she could not sleep next to her husband. Eighteen months later, following legal advice, she reminded the authority that they must respect her right to private and family life. Within three hours, the occupational therapy department had secured funding to buy her the double bed.
Last Updated: 17 Jun 2010