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A man smiling Copyright EASPDAbout 4,5 million people with intellectual disabilities live in the EU.
That is about as many people as are living in Ireland.
People with intellectual disabilities often have a legal guardian.
Sometimes, a legal guardian takes all decisions for a person with disabilities.
People with disabilities should be given support to make decisions about their lives.
For example, some people may need support to decide
what to do with their money, or where they want to live.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says that every person with a disability has the right to make their own decisions.
On this website we will call the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UN Convention.
You can find more information on the UN Convention by downloading the document here.

We want to help supporters to understand the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
People with intellectual disabilities have a right to choose the support they want.
Supporters of people with disabilities should support respect theirdecisions..
Supporters should never make decisions for disabled people without their consent.

Sometimes disabled people have to go to court.
In court, a judge decides in cases where 2 or more parties do not agree.
In court, a judge also decides to punish a person, if they have committed a crime.
The documents in court are complicated and difficult to understand.
Many judges know very little about disabled people and their needs.

We want to show judges and court staffs how they improve communication with persons with intellectual disabilities.