The Concept of Quality of Life and its Role in Enhancing Human Rights in the Field of Intellectual Disability

  • Citation: Verdugo, M. A., P. Navas, and R. L. Shalock. “The Concept of Quality of Life and Its Role in Enhancing Human Rights in the Field of Intellectual Disability.” Human Rights and People with Intellectual Disabilities 56, no. 11 (2012): 1036–45.
    • Topics:
    • Movements for Inclusion
    • Keywords:
    • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • person-centered planning
    • support systems

The changed societal views of persons with disabilities are reflected in the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, what is not specified in the Convention is how to operationalise and measure the Articles composing the Convention, and how to use that information to further enhance the human rights of persons with disabilities. The authors analyse the relationships between eight core quality of life domains and the 34 Articles contained in the Convention. There is a close relationship between the core quality of life domains and the 34 Articles contained in the Convention. Furthermore, the current status of these Articles can be evaluated through the assessment of indicators associated with the eight core quality of life domains. Based on the assessment of these quality of life-related outcomes, three strategies can be used to enhance the human rights of persons with intellectual disability. These three are to employ person-centred planning, publish provider profiles and implement a system of support.

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