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MDAC is delighted to announce that leading international law firm Clifford Chance has awarded MDAC a Commendation under its Access to Justice Award. »
People with mental disabilities have been waiting for centuries for a legal capacity revolution and they need States to move from being unbelieving and intransigent to engaged and active. This will only happen if the UN and civil society provide them with feasible policy options. »

Today on World Mental Health Day, MDAC has published snapshot reports on three countries where we have been working for many years: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Hungary. The reports provide NGOs and governments with clear evidence that all three countries are falling short on their commitments to shift people with mental health issues and people with intellectual disabilities out of institutions and into communities. The core rights of autonomy and the choice of where and with whom they live – things which the majority of us take for granted – are denied.

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This month, MDAC and our partners at the League of Human Rights submitted a legal challenge against the Czech Republic on behalf of a boy who was denied access to numerous schools at the European Court of Human Rights. Jeník's case highlights the discriminatory denial of supports to children with disabilities to access mainstream education, a right guaranteed by international law. »

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