(WCPT) endorses the Convention on the Rights

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) endorses the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and encourages its member organisations to promote its implementation and monitoring.1 The Convention promotes, protects and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities and promotes respect for their inherent dignity. It sets out in detail the rights of persons with disabilities and a code of implementation. The Convention and its Optional Protocol were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2006, and opened for signature in March 2007. The Convention entered into force on 3rd April 2008 after receiving its 20th ratification with the Optional Protocol entering into force 30 days later. There are eight guiding principles (article 3) that underlie the Convention and each one of its specific articles: 1. respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons 2. non-discrimination 3. full and effective participation and inclusion in society 4. respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity 5. equality of opportunity 6. accessibility 7. equality between men and women 8. respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities 

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