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Whether you would like to know more about landmines and cluster munitions, disability rights or inclusive development, this list of Handicap International publications will provide you with more in-depth information about the issues we work on.

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Emergencies

Hidden victims of the Syria crisisTheme: Emergencies / Wars and armed conflicts
Hidden victims of the Syria crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees
April 2014 – The Syrian crisis has generated the largest refugee movement since the Rwandan genocide and is described as the defining refugee crisis of our era. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, Syrian refugees are about to replace Afghans as the world’s largest refugee population. Within this refugee population older, disabled and injured refugees face specific challenges that contribute to their vulnerability, yet, studies of humanitarian programming show that these same groups are often neglected in the assessment, data collection, design and delivery of responses.
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SYRIA - report - Jan2014(80-114)Theme: Emergencies / Wars and armed conflicts
Causes and types of injuries encountered by Handicap International while working with Internally Displaced Persons in Syria: A focus on the impact of explosive weapons.
January 2014 - The aim of this paper is to provide a snapshot of the types of injuries caused by explosive weapons, such as those encountered by Handicap International (HI) while working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria. Since the onset of the crisis, HI has worked to assist vulnerable people in Syria and neighbouring countries by providing physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support, emergency risk education as well as through the provision of assistive and mobility devices, including Prosthetics and Orthotics.
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Report front pageTheme: Emergencies / Wars and armed conflicts
Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Blockade
November 2010 - Israel’s measures to ‘ease’ the illegal blockade of Gaza in the face of significant international pressure have done little to change the plight of Gaza’s civilians, says this report published by an international coalition of 22 development, human rights and peace-building organisations, including Handicap International. They are calling for renewed international action to ensure an immediate, unconditional and complete lifting of the blockade.
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Report front pageTheme: Emergencies / Wars and armed conflicts
Fallen Off the agenda? More and better aid needed for Iraq recovery
July 2010 - As foreign troops are withdrawing from Iraq and a new government is to be formed, Iraq finds itself entering a phase of transition. Attention is now turning to how the emerging Iraqi democracy and the future Iraqi government will be able to ensure longterm stability and sustainable recovery for the country. While there has been some improvement in the humanitarian conditions and security situation in Iraq over the past two years, these gains remain fragile and easily reversible. This policy briefing from 17 NGOs, including Handicap International, provides recommendations to the British government, other EU Member States and the European Commission.
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Report front pageTheme: Emergencies / Wars and armed conflicts
Mainstreaming disability into disaster risk reduction: A training manual
2009 - This manual aims to build the capacity of actors working in disaster management to mainstream disability in disaster risk reduction, enabling them to take disability systematically into account in their planning and implementation of activities. It also targets actors working in the disability field to improve their knowledge on disability and disaster risk reduction, so they can advocate for and technically support disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. The handbook can also be used as an advocacy and planning tool for donors and governments, as it highlights the particular problems and risks that persons with disabilities face in disasters, as well as possible solutions.
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Report front pageTheme: Emergencies / Natural disasters
Guidelines for creating barrier-free emergency shelters
2009 - This document provides guidance on the design and building of barrier-free emergency shelters that may be used by all people within a community following a natural disaster, such as a flood or landslide. It has been developed as part of the project, “Mainstreaming disability and people with disabilities into disaster management in Nepal” implemented by Handicap International.
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Report front pageTheme: Emergencies / Natural disasters
How to include disability issues in disaster management: Following floods 2004 in Bangladesh
2005 - The floods in Bangladesh in 2004 were particularly severe, leaving almost 75% of the country underwater. Handicap International’s emergency response team provided support to the most vulnerable people, with an emphasis on addressing the specific needs of persons with disabilities.
This report provides practical ideas and specific knowledge on how to include people with disabilities in disaster management. It presents guidelines for the preparation for and prevention of natural disasters, immediate response and post emergency reconstruction, taking into account the specific needs of people with disabilities.
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Armed Violence

Victim assistance in Cambodia
Theme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Victim assistance
Victim Assistance in Cambodia - The Human Face of Survivors and their Needs for Assistance
2011 - Based on the collection and analysis of 24 testimonies from landmine victims in three Cambodian provinces (Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap) polluted with landmines, this report gives voice to the survivors of these indiscriminate weapons. These men and women speak of their lives before and after their respective tragedies, the difficulties they have encountered in obtaining employment, and the new and sometimes very upsetting way in which they were treated.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Victim assistance
Recommendations for national action plans on victim assistance
2009 - Handicap International has drawn up these recommendations to support stakeholders involved in creating and updating National Action Plans on Victim Assistance throughout the period 2010-2014 in accordance with the Cartagena Action Plan and other international humanitarian and human rights standards. These stakeholders include countries affected by mines/explosive remnants of war, survivors, disabled persons’ organisations and other civil society representatives, international organisations and countries committed to international cooperation.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Risk education
Knowledge, attitudes and practices for risk education: How to implement KAP surveys
2009 - A 'KAP' is a representative survey conducted on a particular population to identify the knowledge (K), attitudes (A) and practices (P) of a population on a specific topic, in this case landmines and explosive remnants of war. This guide provides a systematic basis for the implementation of a KAP survey. It is designed for project managers, teams and consultants that are already familiar with fundamental research methods and possess a solid knowledge of data collection linked to mine risks.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Victim assistance
Implementing victim assistance by using the tools of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
2008 - This document was produced for the Convention on Cluster Munitions Conference which took place in Oslo in December 2008. It provides a list of reference documents that give recommendations, training tools, and good practices for State Parties to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and thus to contribute to implementing their victim assistance obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Risk education
Knowledge, attitudes, practices related to landmine and unexploded ordnance: North West zone, Somalia
2007 - This study aims to evaluate the impact of the Mine Risk Education project implemented by Handicap International in Somaliland since 2002, by gathering information on the evolution of the population’s knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding mine and unexoploded ordnance safety and awareness in certain regions.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Impact
Circle of impact: The fatal footprint of cluster munitions on people and communities
2007 - A Handicap International report documenting the impact of cluster munitions on the lives of people and communities in 25 countries and territories around the world.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Victim assistance
Recommendations for the victim assistance provisions in a treaty banning cluster munitions: A practitioners’ perspective
2007 - This document was produced preliminary to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (also known as the Oslo Treaty, 2008). It provides common recommendations for victim assistance provisions, which should be included in a future treaty to ensure that its implementation will respond to the needs and rights of cluster munition victims.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Risk education
Capitalisation on network strengthening, community-based approach and partnership in Mine Risk Education project: Lessons learned from experience in Angola
2006 - This report highlights three components of Handicap International's Mine Risk Education project in Angola. The first involves networking in the Angolan context and the associated lessons, constraints and the strengths. The second is a discussion on the evolution of the community-based approach in Angola. Lastly, this report discusses the strengths and weaknesses of partnerships made with local NGOs.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Risk education
Strengthening and promoting associations and community networks for sustainable mine risk education
2005 - This report evaluates the Angolan mine risk education activities carried out by Handicap International in the Huambo Province of Angola between November 2003 and May 2005. Its aim is to draw on lessons that can be applied to future mine risk education projects.
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Report front pageTheme: Landmines & cluster munitions / Victim assistance
What rights for mine victims? Reparation, compensation: From legal analysis to political perspectives
2005 - This comprehensive study is divided into two parts: One examines different areas of international law: human rights, international humanitarian law and environmental law, as well as national laws, in order to compile the potential legal means which could be claimed by landmine victims. The second part of the study describes steps that can be undertaken by the international community to set up appropriate mechanisms for victim compensation.
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Inclusive development

Report front pageTheme: Inclusive development
A study of humanitarian financing for older people and people with disabilities 2010-2011
2012 - This study published by HelpAge International and Handicap International, reveals a major gap between the needs of older people and/or people with disabilities and the level of humanitarian aid provided to meet these needs. Only 1% of international humanitarian aid is specifically allocated to these groups, despite the fact that they are often severely affected by crises and disasters.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusive development
Capacity development and partnership: overview and methodology
2008 - This document is based on the experiences and lessons learned by Handicap International teams and partner organisations in the field in terms of “capacity development” and “partnership” between 2001 and 2007. The guide is aimed at Handicap International’s teams in the field and at head office as well as our partners: it facilitates the analysis of their “capacity development” activities in order to encourage them to position themselves, define a strategy and identify realistic prospects, thus improving mutual capacity development.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusive development
Disability in development: Experiences in inclusive practices
2006 - This publication describes the experiences of Handicap International and CBM (Christian Blind Mission) in Community Approaches to Handicap in Development (CAHD), a rights-based strategy for inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream development activities. Seven CAHD projects were initiated and implemented in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines between 2001 and 2005. The experiences show the positive impact which inclusive practices will have on the lives of persons with disabilities.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusive development
Making PRSP inclusive
2006 - Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and people with disabilities rarely participate in any national Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) process, even though one of the main principles of such a process is the active involvement of the civil society. This handbook presents experiences, proposes ideas, and comments on how DPOs and people with disabilities may enter and participate in national PRSP processes. It also includes case studies from four countries. It is mainly aimed at people with disabilities and parents' associations which intend to participate in their respective national PRSP process.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusive development
Conducting surveys on disability: a comprehensive toolkit
2006 - This toolkit gives the basis for the design and implementation of household surveys on disability, by compiling a variety of documents, experiences and discussions that took place during the many steps of the National Disability Survey in Afghanistan, the lessons learnt regarding the sampling process, tools, as well as the organisation.
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Health

Report front pageTheme: Health / Mental health
Supporting persons living with trauma by rebuilding social and community links: An example of a community-based mental health approach after the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsis
2010 - The genocide of the Tutsis in 1994 had significant ramifications, both on the community and on the individual level. In 2007 Handicap International initiated a project aiming to "promote mental health by strengthening community mechanisms for the preventative and curative care management of children and adolescents experiencing psychological suffering." This project was rooted in a participatory approach which brought together both public and private-sector stakeholders. The report provides an overview of the 'lessons learned', certain limitations as well as recommendations for the continuation of the project.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Diabetes & lymphatic filariasis
From disease specific toward comprehensive and integrated management of disabling diseases: diabetes, lymphatic filariasis and Buruli ulcer.
2010 - A report on the disabling diseases seminar organised in Nairobi from 7th to 11th December 2009 by Handicap International. 47 participants from 22 countries gathered to exchange state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of disabling diseases: diabetes, lymphatic filariasis and Buruli ulcer.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Diabetes
Diabetes prevention and control projects in countries with limited resources. Lessons from experience: know-how analysis
2009 - This analysis paper presents the know-how acquired by Handicap International in its diabetes prevention and control projects. It provides six know-how analysis sheets: Mobilizing stakeholders to organise a symbolic event / Bringing services closer to communities / Supporting the decentralization of diabetes care / Strengthening “clubs” of people with diabetes / Supporting associations of persons with diabetes in implementing adapted physical activities / Carrying out a study for a disabling disease project.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Diabetes
Needs assessment to develop diabetes control and prevention projects in limited-resource countries
2009 - This document is a guide to carrying out a needs assessment with the aim of setting up a diabetes prevention and control project in a developing country. The document provides methodological support to carry out the needs assessment for the various phases of a field mission: preparation, implementation, completion and follow-up. It is intended for teams wishing to carry out a needs assessment, and in particular for technical officers and local teams in international non-governmental organisations.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / HIV & AIDS
As it is research: Findings on the knowledge, attitude, practice and access to HIV and AIDS information and services amongst persons with disability
2009 - Handicap Intenational commissioned this study to obtain scientifically gathered information concerning the knowledge, attitude and practice among people with disabilities in regard to HIV and AIDS in Kenya. This research was conducted preliminary to the planning and implementation of HIV prevention and management programs for people with disabilities in Kenya. The study was conducted in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Thika.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Lymphatic filariasis
Lymphatic filariasis disability prevention for field managers
2007 - This report details the conclusions and recommendations of the lymphatic filariasis disability prevention workshop for field managers, facilitated and sponsored by Handicap International in Ghana, July 2007. The objectives of the workshop were to provide participants with knowledge about lymphatic filariasis that can be used to improve local patient management practices, and to provide a forum for exchange among active field projects.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Lymphatic filariasis
The working group on the integration of wound-lymphedema management across diseases in resource-poor settings
2007 - The report from the meeting of the working group, which followed the lymphatic filariasis disability prevention workshop for field managers in Ghana, 2007. The report briefly discusses the interventions, conclusions and recommendations made by the working group.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Lymphatic filariasis
Orientation on community home-based prevention of disability due to lymphatic filariasis for a pilot project
2004 - This report briefly discusses the process and the relevant outputs that emerged from a workshop facilitated by Handicap International on how to create health education programmes for the prevention of disability due to lymphatic filariasis. The workshop was part of a one-year pilot project in Orissa, India, with the aim to raise awareness among the local population about the disease and its transmission, through information, education and communication.
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Report front pageTheme: Health / Lymphatic filariasis
Orientation of participatory approaches on community enquiries regarding lymphatic filariasis
2004 - This document delineates the processes followed by and the findings that emerged from the workshop on participatory community enquiries on lymphatic filariasis held in India in 2004. The goal of this document is for health staff, program planners and program managers working for global elimination of lymphatic filariasis to have an overview of the approaches for participatory community planning and enquiries.
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Inclusion

Send ALL My Friends to School reportTheme: Inclusion / Inclusive Education
Send ALL My Friends to School – A Global Campaign for Education UK evaluation of the UK’s aid to education for children with disabilities
2014 - This report is a welcome contribution to the discussion about how to achieve inclusive education for all. It illustrates how the development programmes of the UK (and indeed other donors) can ensure that the most marginalised children, particularly children with disabilities, enjoy their right to a good quality education. The report was commissioned by the Global Campaign for Education UK. The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a global organisation working to ensure quality education for all
children. It has members in more than 100 countries around the world. In the UK, over 20 charities and teaching unions work together in favour of education for all as the GCE UK coalition. Handicap International is part of the GCE UK Coalition and co-led this report.
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Equal Right-Equal OpportunityTheme: Inclusion / Inclusive Education
Equal Right - Equal Opportunity: Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities
2013 - Inclusive education systems grounded in a rights-based analysis, which form part of a wider strategy to empower learners, celebrate diversity, reduce exclusion, and combat discrimination, must no longer be seen as a marginal policy issue, but as central to the achievement of high quality education for all learners, and the development of more inclusive societies. According to the seven strategic areas outlined in this report, the Global Campaign for Education calls on governments in low and middle income countries, supported by donors and the international community, to take action on a number of priority policy areas.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion in society
Accessibility: How to design and promote an environment accessible to all
2009 - This document is a policy paper on accessibility for use by project teams. It defines the subject, explains where and how it fits into Handicap International's mandate, and identifies target populations, intervention strategies (standard expected outcomes, standard activities), monitoring and evaluation indicators, the type of partnership to be envisaged, the human resources needed, and essential reading.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion in society
Inclusive local development: How to implement a disability approach at local level
2009 - This policy paper deals with Handicap International's mandate and values in the field of the inclusive local development. It is an action guide that presents the approaches and reference tools for Handicap International's actions, choices and commitments. It explains our current work on inclusive local development and gives indications for future possibilities and potential limitations. The aim is to promote consistency in the practices of various programmes working in the area of inclusive local development, while taking into account the different contexts and circumstances encountered.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion in society
How to build an accessible environment in developing countries: Manual #1 - Introduction & accessibility standards
2008 - The purpose of this guide is to promote understanding and knowledge on accessibility standards and techniques. It is the first in a series of three manuals giving instructions on how to take accessibility issues into account during the conception phase of building design in developing countries. This series is mainly aimed at technicians in the field (engineers, architects, construction companies etc.), but is also interesting for people with technical knowledge that would like to learn more about the general principles of accessible design.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion in society
How to build an accessible environment in developing countries : Manual #2 - Access to water and sanitation facilities, Part 1 – Toilets and closed showers
2008 - This manual shows how to build accessible water and sanitation facilities, including toilets, closed showers, washing areas and access to clear water. It is the first part of Manual #2 in the three-manual series.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion in society
How to build an accessible environment in developing countries : Manual #2 – Access to water and sanitation facilities, Part 2 – Open washing areas and water points
2008 - This manual shows how to build accessible water and sanitation facilities, including toilets, closed showers, washing areas and access to clean water. It is the second part of manual #2 in the three-manual series.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion in society
How to build an accessible environment in developing countries: Manual #3 – Free movement
2008 - This manual gives instructions on how to make a built environment more accessible, mainly considering different construction techniques for circulation and access ramps. This is Manual #3 in the three-manual series.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion through work
Good practices for the economic inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries: Funding mechanisms for self-employment
2006 - This report aims to highlight good practices, strategies, tools and operational methods that guarantee the efficiency and sustainability of projects that support access to funding mechanisms and the self employment of landmine victims and people with disabilities in general. More specifically, the study focuses on the use of microcredit and grants for the start-up and expansion of micro-enterprises.
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Report front pageTheme: Inclusion / Inclusion through sport
Fun inclusive! Sports and games as means of rehabilitation, interaction and integration for children and young people with disabilities
2004 - This handbook intends to inspire and motivate institutions, organisations, trainers, physiotherapists, teachers and especially young people and children to come together and practice sport. The handbook aims to provide some general and very basic guidelines for the implementation of sports and games as means of rehabilitation and integration for children and young people with disabilities. It builds on the experiences from workshops in Angola and Cambodia, which tested twelve selected games and activities. The handbook would be of interest to anyone interested in organising inclusive sports activities for children and young people.
Available in Arabic on demand.
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Disability Rights

Report front coverTheme: Disability Rights / Sexual Violence
Out from the shadows: Sexual Violence against Children with Disabilities
2011 - All over the world, children with disabilities are suffering from sexual violence at the hands of perpetrators who operate with almost total impunity. Almost as shocking as the abuse itself is the fact that so little is known about it. This report seeks to make this issue more visible and to challenge governments and communities, including the international community, to tackle it head on.
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Report front coverTheme: Disability Rights / Inclusive Local Governance
Rights In Action: Good Practices for Inclusive Local Governance in West Africa
2010 - In West Africa, 7 countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin) have taken part in an initiative called “Rights in Action”, aimed at collecting good practices from multiple stakeholders on how to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This initiative uses the “Making it Work” methodology. The subject of the project is “Inclusive Local Governance”, linking with Article 29 of the UNCRPD. The recommendations from the report will be used to develop a series of training and advocacy activities across the region.
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Report front pageTheme: Disability Rights / UN Convention
Understanding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A handbook on the human rights of persons with disabilities
2010 - This handbook explains the content of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and gives details of what occurred during the negotiation and drafting process. It provides information on interpreting the text of the Convention and providing further information for its implementation at the local, national, regional and international levels.
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