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People with Psychosocial Impairments or Conditions, Reasonable Accommodation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Anna Lawson is a senior lecturer at the School of Law, University of Leeds, and a member of the University's Centre for Disability Studies and its Centre for European Law and Legal Systems.

This article explores the duty to provide reasonable accommodation for disabled people. It argues that the concept of reasonable accommodation has a peculiar bridging role to play in the context of human rights law in that it challenges the traditional clear‑cut division between civil and political rights, on the one hand, and economic, social and cultural ones, on the other. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires States Parties to introduce reasonable accommodation obligations into key areas of social life. This article provides examples of how this may be done for individuals with psychosocial impairments or conditions.

(2008) 26 No 2 Law in Context 62

   
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