Mental disability, human rights and the capabilities approach: Searching for the foundations

Sridhar Venkatapuram*

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Abstract

Those seeking to improve the well-being of individuals with disabilities worldwide often draw on the idea of human rights. More recently, a variety of international human rights legislation such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has come into force worldwide. The present article aims to ground human rights of people with disabilities such as those in the CRPD in a theory of social justice called the capabilities approach (CA). This article discusses the reasons for grounding rights in a theory of justice, the links between the CA and human rights, the central concern for disability and individuals with disabilities in the CA, and seven central components of the CA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-414
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online date19 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2015

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