Innovation has changed the meaning of rehabilitation

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What has changed on the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. This Convention is the first universal and effective human rights treaty in the field of disability. It covers all relevant fields of life affecting persons with disabilities. What makes it important is that more than 150 countries have already ratified it.

As a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), I am–together with other 17 members–responsible for following the implementation of the UN Convention in the States, which has ratified it. In my mind, however, it is not my job to extend or modify it, but I feel the need to raise issues that may become relevant in the future.

However, we now observe new issues that no-one could have ever anticipated 10 years ago, which are currently not treated by the Convention. It is essential to take into account the developments brought by incredible technologies, which change the entire meaning of (re)habilitations, as they open the door to enhancing capabilities beyond that of any person without disabilities.

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