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The Equal Right to Decide in Canada: Closing the Gap – Policy Brief

Some of IRIS’s recommendations for reform include the following: Legally recognize “independent” and “interdependent” decision-making capability. Legal definitions of what is required to exercise legal capacity need to change, consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is not having certain cognitive abilities that should give people power over their lives. People with even the most significant intellectual disabilities can direct their lives when they have support from others to turn their intentions, what matters most to them, into legal decisions. The CRPD requires governments to ensure the supports to do so are available.

Organisation: Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society IRIS

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