Putting human rights into practice with people with an intellectual disability

Ward, Tony and Stewart, Claire 2008, Putting human rights into practice with people with an intellectual disability, Journal of developmental and physical disabilities, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 297-311, doi: 10.1007/s10882-008-9098-4.

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Title Putting human rights into practice with people with an intellectual disability
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Stewart, Claire
Journal name Journal of developmental and physical disabilities
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 297
End page 311
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1056-263X
Keyword(s) human rights
intellectual disability
Summary Human rights create a protective zone around persons and allow them the opportunity to further their own valued personal projects without interference from others. In this paper we apply the concept of human rights to people with an intellectual disability. First we briefly analyze the concept of human rights, their structure, and justification. Second, we directly apply our model of human rights to persons with an intellectual disability and argue that it has the resources to bridge the perceived gap between rights and needs and to offer practitioners ethically defensible practice guidance. We supplement this abstract analysis with a case example. Finally we conclude with some reflections on the future of a human rights viewpoint in the arena of intellectual disability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10882-008-9098-4
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer Science + Business Media
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034246

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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