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Keywords:

  • capabilities;
  • civil rights;
  • cognitive disability;
  • constitutional law;
  • economic entitlements;
  • education;
  • equality;
  • human dignity;
  • justice;
  • mental disability;
  • political entitlements;
  • Rawls;
  • social entitlements

Abstract: People with cognitive disabilities are equal citizens, and law ought to show respect for them as full equals. To do so, law must provide such people with equal entitlements to medical care, housing, and other economic needs. But law must also go further, providing people with disabilities truly equal access to education, even when that is costly and involves considerable change in current methods of instruction. The central theme of this essay is what is required in order to give such people political and civil rights on a basis of genuine equality.