Right to Live in the Community for People with Disabilities, Under International Law & Domestic Laws of the US & Israel

In June 2012, an article entitled ‘There’s no place like Home: The Right to Live in the Community for People with Disabilities, Under International Law and the Domestic Laws of the United States and Israel’ by Arlene S. Kanter was published.

The article explores the developing ‘Right to live in the Community’ for people with disabilities under international law and domestic laws of two countries- the US and Israel.

In this article the author argues that the mandate of community living as set out in Article 19 of the UN CRPD supports an explicit legal right of all people with disabilities not only to live in the community but to choose where to live and with whom and with supports as needed. This new international legal right to live in one’s own home in the community also advances the goals and principles of the domestic laws of the United States and Israel. The author also discusses the scope and meaning of community living and the extent to which institutions as well as group homes and other community housing that functions just like an institution should be prohibited under the CRPD as well as US and Israel Law.

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