Reasonable Accommodation

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What does the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities say about Reasonable Accommodation?

In Article 2, the CRPD defines “reasonable accommodation” as necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
These are rights-based measures that seek to adapt environments, goods, or services to the specific needs of a person. Together with universal design, they are proposed as a valid way to progressively achieve conditions of full universal accessibility.
It is important to understand that far from meaning privileged treatment for people with disabilities, reasonable accommodation is based on recognized rights. Such accommodations can be implemented in environments and contexts as diverse as the workplace, an educational institution, a health center or transportation service.

In the workplace, for example, reasonable accommodation may involve physical modifications or require the acquisition or modification of equipment, providing a screen reader or sign language interpreter, specialized training or supervision, adapting testing or evaluation processes, among others. The prohibition of reasonable accommodations to a person with a disability constitutes a form of discrimination since these are implemented in order to ensure equal opportunities.

Accessibility is a right that opens up fair opportunities for the equal development of all.

For more information, access the full text of the Convention here:

Bibliography consulted:
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