Law and People with Disabilities

Janet E. Lord, Deepti S. Raja, Peter Blanck

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This article describes the progressive development of disability law, particularly in light of international developments that are transforming domestic disability law frameworks. It provides an overview of the conceptualization of disability in law, charting the shift from a medical model to a social model of disability and more recently to a human rights model. The abstract covers the implications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the processes and approaches for translating international disability law standards into national level law. It sheds light on the contemporary disability rights landscape in the light of dramatic legislative action promoted by the adoption of the CRPD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Disability
  • Disability discrimination
  • Disability law
  • Human rights
  • Medical model of disability
  • Optional protocol
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Social model of disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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