About our rights

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was agreed by the UN in March 2007. Since then it has been signed by over 170 countries. The Convention re-affirms that people with disabilities have human rights just like everybody else. It also sets out specific things that all countries that have agreed to the Convention must do to make those rights a reality. You can download the text of the Convention here.

The Convention is so powerful for Young Voices because it’s the law. When we go and speak to people in power about our rights we can say to them: this needs to be addressed because the Convention says so.

The Convention covers a lot of different rights. Each Young Voices group chooses to focus on the rights that are the most important to them in their situation. You can follow the links below to find out about what each group has been doing to campaign for some key rights: