a) Guidelines on treaty-specific document to be submitted by States parties under article 35, paragraph 1, of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2009)
(Adopted by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the Second Session, CRPD/C/2/3, 18 November 2009)

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Article 8 - Awareness-raising

This article establishes the obligation of States Parties to conduct effective awareness raising policies to promote a positive image of persons with disabilities. The report should contain information on the measures taken to raise awareness of persons with disabilities, to foster respect for their rights and dignity, their capabilities and contributions, and to combat stereotypes, and prejudices against them.

States Parties should report on:

  • Public-awareness campaigns directed to general society, within the education system and actions undertaken through mainstream media
  • Actions undertaken to raise awareness and inform persons with disabilities and other parts of society on the Convention and the rights it includes

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Article 12 - Equal recognition before the law

This article reaffirms that persons with disabilities have the right to recognition as persons before the law.

States Parties should report on:

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  • Awareness-raising and education campaigns in relation to equal recognition of all persons with disabilities before the law

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Article 24 - Education

This article recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to education on the basis of equal opportunity, ensuring an inclusive education system at all levels and the facilitation of access to lifelong learning.

State Parties should report on:

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  • Measures taken for the promotion of the linguistic identity of deaf persons
  • Measures taken to ensure education is delivered in the most appropriate languages, modes, means of communication, and environments for the individual
  • Measures to ensure an adequate training on disability to professionals in the education system, as well as measures to incorporate persons with disabilities in the education team

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  • Measures taken by the State to ensure early identification of persons with disabilities and their education needs

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