The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities casts the universal human rights in more concrete terms from the perspective of people with disabilities and in light of their specific circumstances, which must be given systematic consideration in the protection of human rights. The Convention thus represents a major step in strengthening the rights of people with disabilities worldwide. It also recognises disability as part of human diversity and in doing so dispenses with a welfare approach still prevalent in many countries that is no longer in keeping with the times. The Convention and its Optional Protocol have been binding in Germany since 26 March 2009.
In Spring 2010, the German government will establish contact with disability associations and other institutions involved in implementing the UN Convention. This process has been given high priority and will be integrated into a national action plan.