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'Effective monitoring of disability rights is going to be one of the most important factors in ensuring the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is implemented in each country. The challenge to the disability community over the coming years will be to develop effective shadow reports that document the situation of people with disabilities and also states compliance to the Convention. The IDRM in its work to-date has provided invaluable information on the realities faced by people with disabilities as they strive to be treated as equal citizens"

- Mary Keogh, International Coordinator, IDRM
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Primary Goals of the IDRM

  • Provide an overview of the history of people with disabilities in each country researched. This helps to give an idea of the country’s background of how people with disabilities have been treated. For example, some countries might show that historically people with disabilities were institutionalized. Learning about the history gives us an insight into past government actions.

  • Identify in a comprehensive and in-depth fashion, what a country has done or is currently doing to achieve equal treatment for people with disabilities.

  • Serve as a possible baseline for future monitoring efforts associated with the UN Convention for the Rights and Dignity of People with Disabilities. The IDRM could provide a reference that would be useful for both governments and NGOs to see where countries started prior to the signature and ratification of the Convention.

  • Aim to highlight key areas of development in each country researched. The countries are at different stages of providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities. For example, lack of legislation protecting people with disabilities may be an issue in many developing countries, while it is less of a concern for countries that have legislation in place.

  • Show a comparison of the situation of people with disabilities in countries within the region.
The IDRM publications have been used by many audiences throughout the world. Some examples of the people and organizations that use the reports for information include:

The media.
Media throughout Europe and the US receive the IDRM, with special focus within each country researched;

National policy makers.
National policy makers use the IDRM so they can compare country best practices within the region;

Disability organizations.
National and international disability organizations use the IDRM reports as an advocacy tool;

Intergovernmental organizations.
NGOs such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, and the International Labor Organization use the IDRM as a reference;

The general public.
The IDRM is distributed to libraries and learning institutions serving members of the public who want to learn more about domestic or global disability issues.

Examples of where the IDRM has been used in the past

  • Documents of the World Bank;
  • United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website on the Flagship for Inclusive Education;
  • The official website of the government of Colombia;
  • Background material provided to the United States Embassy personnel working in the area of human rights; and,
  • Monitoring committee members of other Conventions through the office for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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