January 2016 Inclusion of persons with psycho-social disabilities - Good Practices w

(Category of Respondent: Self-advocate / self-identifying as living with psycho-social disability)

The Center for Advocacy in Mental Health (CAMH) is the research, training and advocacy department of the Bapu Trust. The Center for Advocacy in Mental Health, Pune, India, has been a hub for Asia region advocacy around the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The objectives of CAMH are:

• Build self advocacy movements in India and the Asia Pacific region in the context of the UNCRPD
• Provide a rights-based language for mental health in India
• Create an informed political discourse on Citizenship, Development, and Mental Health
• Address the information gaps and needs of communities on mental health and well being
• Build community based and holistic methods of offering support, and / or healing from (mental) health problems

The CAMH is conducting a survey on 'Good practices on the Inclusion of persons with Psycho-social Disabilities'. This survey explores your views and experiences on Good Practices that enable the Inclusion of persons with mental health problems / psycho-social disabilities. Your participation in this study is crucial to understanding the evolving state of inclusion of persons with psycho-social disabilities: What facilitates their full and effective participation in families and communities?

Please note that most questions ahead allow you to choose more than one option in response. You may feel that this survey does not allow you to respond fully on the topic of Inclusion of persons with psycho-social disabilities. If that is the case, we will be happy to have you write your piece separately and mail it to us in addition to your survey responses.

A big motivation for this study is to find out, what means "Reasonable Accommodation" (RA) for persons with psycho-social disabilities. In the disability movement, implementing RA is considered as key for full and effective participation. What is RA for persons with psycho-social disabilities?

Reasonable Accommodation has a few key elements, in the way it is defined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

(1) The person with disability should express a need for support.
(2) The person providing support should give as much as necessary, neither more nor less.
(3) The given support must not cause too much of an extraordinary burden.
(4) The support needs to last for only as long as the person needs it.

RA is a way of spreading the opportunities for Inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. It is also a way of ensuring that a person can enjoy all full freedoms and human rights on an equal basis with all other people of the country.

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