6. Education

  1. Felicity Callard1,
  2. Norman Sartorius2,
  3. Julio Arboleda-Flórez3,
  4. Peter Bartlett4,
  5. Hanfried Helmchen5,
  6. Heather Stuart3,
  7. Jose Taborda6 and
  8. Graham Thornicroft1

Published Online: 17 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch6

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

How to Cite

Callard, F., Sartorius, N., Arboleda-Flórez, J., Bartlett, P., Helmchen, H., Stuart, H., Taborda, J. and Thornicroft, G. (2012) Education, in Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

  3. 3

    Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  4. 4

    School of Law and Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  5. 5

    Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany

  6. 6

    Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953548

Online ISBN: 9781119945352



  • anti-discriminatory education law;
  • discrimination in education;
  • inclusive education;
  • reasonable accommodations;
  • special educational needs;
  • UN CRPD Article 24;
  • universal access to education


We emphasise how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities firmly establishes the right to inclusive education at all levels. While there is still a great deal of work to be done across the world in transforming legislation and policy so as to support inclusive education, we demonstrate the power that binding instruments can have in supporting such change. National and state level legislation in a number of countries now attempt to ensure the social rights of children with disabilities and to move towards a model of inclusive and accessible education. Countries have also outlawed discrimination or propagation of discrimination in textbooks and teaching materials. It must be said, however, that in many countries, it is proving difficult to ensure that inclusive education environments materialise in practice as well as being specified within the law.