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"The Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities should serve as a much-needed impetus for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in all societies. The role the Center for International Rehabilitation played leading up the Convention's passage was enormously constructive. The International Disability Rights Monitoring project served as an invaluable resourced during deliberations and has the potential to aid treaty monitoring efforts greatly after passage."

-Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, Coordinator of the Ad Hoc Committee and Chair of the Committee for the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
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About IDRM Research

A unique aspect of the IDRM research is that it is conducted by those who have a direct experience with a disability, be that though personal or family experience. The IDRM firmly believes that we can teach research skills but gaining real insight into disability comes through direct experiences. The IDRM is proud of the grass roots network of researchers in over 45 countries it has developed over the past four years.

The majority of researchers are connected to disability organizations at the national level and receive training and grant support to compile country reports .

Each researcher goes through a professional training program on research skills and in 2006, the IDRM was pleased to offer this program through distance learning.

Future developments for IDRM research are focussed on the newly signed Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

To learn more about the IDRM network of researchers, view their biographies below.

IDRM Researcher Biographies

Regional Report of Europe
Regional Report of the Americas
Regional Report of Asia

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