Transforming social advocacy into practice

Mediating on the human rights of persons with Disabilities

Description of the problem

The entire world is composed of 15% of persons living with disability. This is equivalent to one in every seven individual located in a particular area. It is certain that every individual at one point of their endeavors have interacted with persons with disability or have either suffered the risk of either temporary or even permanent disability. This condition has sincerely proven to be difficult as individuals with disabilities have been suppressed to social and economic injustices, violation of their rights and even denial in the society with the supposed changing globe, while injustice may vary in different regions and cultural practices the bitter truth is that this preconceived notion not only occur in the developing humble countries but also in the richest stable countries (Flynn, 2016).

Disability is not only an impairment of the limbs and hands but also a mental or a sensory limitation. However, this does not result to disability until it translates to an inability to take part in community life, to solve this problem there are different initiatives that can be used to curb this menace (Mepham, 2010). One of them is by transforming the perception of disability in that disability is not inability and involving them in various empowerment projects and even in sports to give them equal opportunities to serve, indeed people living with disabilities should be encouraged to appreciate themselves and not feel that they are lesser people in the society and the people living around them should also be cautioned from shunning them away, mocking and also insulting them.

Opportunities to study, access public infrastructure and employment is often limited to them that are handicapped this makes it difficult for the societies to discover them for what they are capable of achieving rather than what they don’t exhibit. On 10th of December 1948 in Paris, the general assembly signed a universal declaration which stressed rights of persons with a disability such as freedom of expression, right to life and privacy among and this encouraged the need to acknowledge an individual’s capability despite their limitations. Despite this enactment, the marginalized persons were still neglected in the society and their efforts were never appreciated.

The United Nations finally agreed in 2006 to pass a bill on convention on the rights of persons with disability. This bill emphasized on the aspect of promotion, protection and ensuring that there was no violation of their rights at any given time. However, bearing in mind that there are laws that fully protects the rights of the marginalized persons across the globe it is unfortunate to learn that discrimination is still part of their daily lives. This global blindness has costed some people living with disability die with talents unexploited this proposal henceforth seeks to act on in-erasable fundamental rights that shall be firm and acted upon.

Plan for Social Advocacy

Social Advocacy remains a great action aimed at sensitizing the society and the world at large on the importance of accepting the challenges on the ground and creating solutions. The most convenient advocates for the rights of the disabled are the self-advocate.  This is because they primarily interact with the disabled persons on one on one basis, this ensures that their rights are fully upheld as they understand their day to day activities and in cases of incompetence an immediate change is made to protect their interests solely. The importance of advocacy will involve the awareness of rights, self-identification, and actions to be taken as discussed below.

It is essential for every mankind mostly the handicapped to understand their rights and freedom, this action is basically to make everyone aware of their freedom and this will improve their knowledge of the “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”(CRPD) which is entitled under the international law if its widespread it will increase the urge for people to take viable actions by advocating against discrimination. This can only be achieved through supporting social campaigns across the globe (Gooding & O’Mahony, 2016).

A convenient self-advocates ought to exhibit certain qualities such as good communication skills and self-identification. This enables them with the most effective ways to air out their concerns without causing tension to the public. The action plan will be aimed at improving their communication skills .there are actions that can be adapted to make sure the needs of persons with disability are made paramount these actions are;

  1. Education Action

The first step is to understand deeply what persons with disability lacks in order to understand deeply what they need. This involves reaching out to affiliates that have the capacity to deal with their needs to chip in and help; this can only be achieved by filing the required data that is needed to spearhead change in the society.

Educating the society on the persons with disability challenges can also make the society at large to work towards making a change on the harsh conditions they are involved in (Arnardóttir & Quinn, 2009).

  • Political Action
  • Talking with Policy-makers-this is to influence them to consult with individuals with disability
  • Talking with the Law-makers- involves lobbing for support and fulfillment of the rights with disability
  • Pushing the enforcement of policies and laws to safeguard the rights of individual with disability
  • Legal action
  • Coming up with new laws
  • Getting rid of the new law
  • Pushing to adopt law for the sake of disability

Importance of Action Plan in addressing the problem

The first action plan provides a right-based approach to the aspect of disability rights despite the adverse limits placed on individual with disability by their physical and social environment. Therefore, this will assist in bringing people together.

Suitability of the action plan

 Based on this; a society will plan to commit themselves on suitable efforts with objectives oriented towards rights for disabled. As stated before, the action plan tends to adopts a right-based approach and other action plan which is evident that it will lead to a long-term solution to the situation.


Arnardóttir, O. M., & Quinn, G. (Eds.). (2009). The UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: European and Scandinavian perspectives (Vol. 100). BRILL.

Flynn, E. (2016). Disabled Justice?: Access to Justice and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Routledge.

Gooding, P., & O’Mahony, C. (2016). Laws on unfitness to stand trial and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Comparing reform in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Australia. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 44, 122-145.

Mepham, S. (2010). Disabled children: The right to feel safe. Child care in practice, 16(1), 19-34.

Pelka, F. (2012). What we have done: An oral history of the disability rights movement. Univ of Massachusetts Press.

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