What We Do

In its role, RIADIS develops initiatives of information, training, research and advocacy, to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

With this commitment, between 2002 and 2006, RIADIS actively participated in the discussions for the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), representing the views of civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean . Once the Convention was approved in 2006, RIADIS worked tirelessly for the ratification of the document in 21 countries of the region.

Currently, the Network is committed to promoting and monitoring the implementation of the Convention through cooperation among its members and other regional and international organizations.

At the same time, RIADIS collaborates and participates as a member of the regional International Disability Alliance (IDA) in various forums and activities of international development and human rights.

Regionally, RIADIS strives to promote the Inter-American Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (CIADDIS) and its Programme of Action, and plays an important role of civil society representation in forums and meetings of the Organization of American States (OAS). Recently, RIADIS officially acquired the status of consultative organization of the OAS in recognition of its technical support in issues related to persons with disabilities and their families.

Another important initiative which RIADIS is presently developing is the Latin American Observatory on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This innovative project will serve as a virtual tool for the exchange and dissemination of information, resources and best practices. The Observatory will provide technical, political and creative resources to expand the capacity of stakeholders in developing actions to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. In addition, the Observatory will be a valuable tool for monitoring the implementation of the CRPD in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Furthermore, RIADIS provides ongoing trainings and support to organizations of persons with disabilities. In the past 10 years, RIADIS has worked to integrate and strengthen the voice of persons with disabilities in various human rights organizations, governments and international organizations.