We are proud to announce that Professor Jonas Ruškus, from L'Arche in Lithuania, is the first L'Arche member to be elected at the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). His mandate at the UN will run from 2015 to 2018.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 independent experts - persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights. Find out more about the committee here.
Jonas is a Board Member at the new L'Arche Lithuania project in Kaunas, who has also spent four years at L'Arche in Trosly, France. He is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. Here is some information about him:
Professor Ruškus is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the area of disability. Besides his studies in special education for children having intellectual disability in Lithuania, Jonas Ruškus has gained significant experience of voluntary and professional work with people having intellectual and other types of disability in the international l’Arche community in France. The experience of community-based living and inclusion of people with disability into community settings determined his decision to devote his professional career for the implementation of human rights and social justice dealing with disability issues on the individual, organizational and social policy levels.
Currently Jonas Ruškus works in the area of social work by teaching and conducting research. He acted as a supervisor of multiple national research projects in fields of social participation of people with disabilities, inclusive education, social policy, quality of social services, monitoring of national educational system with the collaboration of the Lithuanian Government (Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Research Council of Lithuania) and Non-Governmental organizations (such as Lithuanian Welfare Society for Persons with Mental Disability HOPE).