The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to the independence of person and to individual autonomy (article 3). Moreover, the CRPD highlights the right of persons with disabilities to “legal capacity on an equal basis with others and in all aspects of life” (article 12).
Legal capacity is instrumental to the recognition of a person as a human being of full personhood, with the right to make decisions and enter into contracts. However, certain abilities have often been seen as necessary qualifications for full personal autonomy, creating a barrier to full societal inclusion for people with autism.
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