Organization: The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Non-Profit Organizations and Rights-Based Approach to People with Disabilities: A Case Study of CRP in Bangladesh
This research analyzes the idea of serving people with disabilities and interventions to include them in mainstream society. By providing a review of existing literature related to disability services, this research identifies the limitations of the traditional approaches including medical, charitable, and social services that aim to address the concerns of people with disabilities. It discusses the rights-based approach, a new way of serving people with disabilities, which is an emerging approach examined in the disability literature, the focus of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) of the United Nations (UN) and of major interest within the disseminated practice of different organizations. The study examines how the rights-based approach impacts the lives of people with disabilities and which approach is practiced by Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s) through a case study approach. For the purpose of proper understanding of the rights-based approach, this research analyzes the activities of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) in Bangladesh which supports people with disabilities. To address these issues, it investigates, through a qualitative method, how the activities of the CRP conform to the needs of people with disabilities to ensure rights mentioned by the CRPD. Based on the findings of this case study, this research argues that NPOs could combine the traditional approaches with rights-based service.