A review of approaches used to create liveable communities to attain full participation and inclusion for disabled people

This social participation research investigated approaches used to create more ‘liveable’ (accessible) communities where disabled people can fully participate alongside their peers. The research entailed 1) scoping the literature on approaches to improving participation and inclusion in local communities, 2) interviewing stakeholders in Ireland working in local development, social inclusion and community development (CD), 3) critically reviewing CD and various CD approaches, 4) discussing the research with stakeholders at roundtables and incorporating the material generated into the research. 4) incorporating the learning generated in the NDA annual listening sessions with disabled people into the research. The research is contextualised with reference to the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a tool designed to ensure that disabled people attain societal participation and inclusion by accessing their human rights. The CRPD emphasises the importance of disabled people participating in decision making activities and monitoring the implementation of the CRPD through Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs). The CRPD identifies this participation as crucial to attaining full societal participation and inclusion. Through various Articles, the CRPD lays out what is needed for disabled people to attain community living.

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