Report on the rights of persons with disabilities to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

16 July 2018
Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
To the GA at its 73rd session, 22 October 2018


Persons with disabilities can lead active, productive, long and healthy lives as anyone else. They have similar health care needs as the rest of the population and yet, evidence shows that persons with disabilities are often more vulnerable to developing ill health than the general population, as often they do not receive the health care and support they require. Addressing inequalities in accessing and using healthcare services is central to improve the health status of persons with disabilities.

In preparing this report on the right to health of persons with disabilities, the Special Rapporteur with the support of the Government of Finland, hosted an Expert Group Meeting on the right of persons with disabilities to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-16 May 2018. Approximately 25 experts from UN entities, organizations of persons with disabilities, civil society and academia, with a variety of expertise, perspectives, and regional representation participated in the meeting.

background document was also prepared to provide an overview of the different topics related to the health of persons with disabilities.

Inputs received

Download the questionnaire:  English | French | Spanish 

All inputs received in accessible formats are available below. Non-accessible formats are available upon request at


National Human Rights Institutions

Civil Society, including Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

Academics and Individuals

  • Paul Milton (non-accessible format available upon request)
  • Martha Savage (non-accessible format available upon request)
  • Mari Yamamoto (non-accessible format available upon request)