A human rights-based approach to disability
The message of With Us Not For Us is fundamental to a human rights-based approach to disability.
Our network is committed to moving on from the outdated charity model of disability, where people with disability were treated as objects of charity, deserving of pity and relying on others for support.
A human rights-based approach views people with disabilities as rights-holders who have the right to be involved in decisions about their lives, working in partnership With others to improve their lives.
Our global network of people with Down syndrome calls for all organisations to commit to including people with Down syndrome and being With Us Not For Us.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD Article 4) calls for:
‘Persons with disabilities, through their representative organisations, should be consulted with and actively involved in the development and implementation of all legislation and policies related to them’
Despite this, many organisations exclude people with Down syndrome from participating in their work. They take decisions For them not With them.
So, what can you do?
We are putting together guides for advocates, schools and organisations to help you think about ‘With Us Not For Us’ in your daily life.
We are also creating a fundraising pack so if you want to take the opportunity to support a Down Syndrome organisation we can help with that too.
In the meantime, you might like to sign up to our Advocates mailing list to learn more about advocacy. Together we will create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
Become a World Down Syndrome Advocate!
Join Down Syndrome International (DSi) in our campaign to create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
Each year the voices of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.