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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) protects the rights of both signing and non-signing deaf and hard of hearing people to have access to information and communication in whatever modalities is most effective for them. Learn which countries have signed or ratified the CRPD.

CRPD Description

The CRPD is the first international human rights treaty to protect the human rights of people with disabilities and deaf people. Sign language is covered in several different articles of the CRPD, including:

CRPD: Questions and Answers

This 10-page document (Word format, 119 Kb) explains the convention and the Optional Protocol. It summarizes some of the human rights the CRPD is meant to protect. It also describes how the CRPD can be implemented and monitored and how the CRPD was first developed.

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