Organisations of persons with disabilities and community-based rehabilitation.
Over the last few decades, there has been a growth in community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes in different parts of the world. These programmes are regarded as one way of strengthening the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with disabilities.
CBR programmes and Organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) have developed parallel to one another and are interlinked in different ways. CBR can play a role in the setting up and strengthening of DPOs. On the other hand, DPOs can also initiate and run CBR programmes. Both share similar objectives in terms of respect for human rights of persons with disabilities.
This article looks at the historical evolution of connections between CBR and DPOs, analyses some of the areas where their activities are interlinked, and presents 2 case studies - one from Santarem metropolitan area in Brazil and the other from Bidar district in India - to demonstrate those links.