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Claiming the Right to Make Decisions

Yoav Kraiem - Chairman, National Council for the Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill in the Community, Ministry of Health, Israel, Co-Director, Unit for Social Change, Beit Issie Shapiro Lecturer, the Department of Occupational Therapy, Ono Academic College, Israel


A lecture by Yoav Kraim, panelist at the side event "Article 12: Claiming the Right to Make Decisions",  held at the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, June 13, 2017


Self-advocacy in Israel and worldwide, has led to innovative practices for removing barriers and enhancing full participation, thus paving the way to the implementation of article 12 and achieving legal capacity.


The lecture describes the process of working with the self-advocacy groups of people with intellectual disabilities - Beit Issie Shapiro and Elvin Israel advocacy groups, supported by the Los Angeles Federation and the Ruderman Family Foundation - which led to the active involvement of the national advocacy group in changing the law of guardianship and their claim to sovereignty over their lives.

Short Video of Israeli Self-Advocates is included.


Video LecturesArie Rimmerman: Community Residential Options for Persons with ID in the Light of UNCRPD
Video LecturesConnie Laurin-Bowie: Inclusive Communities Are Stronger Communities: How Offering Choice, Support and Inclusion to People with Intellectual Disabilities Builds Stronger Communities for All
Video LecturesProf. Arlene Kanter: The right to live in the community for people with disabilities under international law and the laws of the USA and Israel
  • Disabilities:

    Intellectual Developmental Disability

  • Topics:

    Self-Advocacy & Leadership

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  • Audience:

    General public, Professionals

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