Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for by Felicity Callard, Norman Sartorius, Julio Arboleda-Flórez,

By Felicity Callard, Norman Sartorius, Julio Arboleda-Flórez, Peter Bartlett, Hanfried Helmchen, Heather Stuart, José Taborda, Graham Thornicroft

This booklet describes truly how laws can be utilized to develop the rights and entitlements of individuals with psychological illnesses. ordinary and useful, it offers beneficial details on tips to handle disabilities so those humans may well take pleasure in complete citizenship. It provides the foremost matters succinctly and illustrates those with legislative examples from world wide. This ebook records the function that legislation can play, in any respect degrees, in fighting such discrimination and abuse.

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They range from invidious discrimination, such as the denial of educational opportunities, to more ‘subtle’ forms of discrimination, such as segregation and isolation achieved through the imposition of physical and social barriers. General Comment 5 further noted that: ‘In order to remedy past and present discrimination, and to deter future discrimination, comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in relation to disability would seem to be indispensable in virtually all States Parties. Such legislation should not only provide persons with disabilities with judicial remedies as far as possible and appropriate, but also provide for social policy programmes which enable persons with disabilities to live an integrated, self-determined and independent life’.

The departments admitted that the plaintiffs did not have schizophrenia themselves and that they were capable of discharging the duties of the jobs they applied for, except that they each had a parent who had, or who was believed to have had, a history of schizophrenia. The departments had assumed that the plaintiffs possessed an unacceptably high risk of developing schizophrenia sometime in the future and withdrew the job offers to these three young men. The Court’s judgment found that the departments’ policy of screening out first degree relatives of people with schizophrenia to be discriminatory, and awarded damages to the three young men.

It can overlap with – and/or exacerbate – other forms of discrimination. For example, individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis who also have refugee status and/or who are lesbian, gay, transsexual or transgender and/or who have physical disabilities can experience P1: TIX/UKS JWST141-c02 P2: SFK Color: 1C JWST141-Callard February 10, 2012 30 7:52 Trim: 244mm X 172mm Chapter 2 ‘multiple discrimination’ (Crenshaw, 1989; Fredman, 2005). The term ‘multiple discrimination’ is actually an umbrella term: in effect it points to three different ways in which people can experience discrimination on more than one ground.

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