The Convention sets out some key principles which governments and public bodies must take into account when they are carrying out their work. Generally, public authorities should follow these principles. They should also identify what they can do to positively promote them. These principles are:
- Respect. Every person is of equal worth and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Disabled people have the right to choose how to live their own lives and the freedom to make their own choices. These rights must be respected.
- Non-discrimination. Disabled people must never be treated worse than others, excluded from or denied access to services, education, work or social life on the basis of their disability.
- Participation and inclusion. Disabled people’s full and effective participation and inclusion in society must be supported.
- Respect for difference and acceptance of disabled people as part of human diversity and humanity.
- Equality of opportunity. Taking positive action to ensure barriers are removed.
- Accessibility. Ensuring disabled people can access buildings, housing, services, information, leisure (and other areas listed in the Convention) on an equal basis to non-disabled people.
- Equality between men and women.
- Respect for disabled children as they grow up.