The UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, in article 4 third comma speaks of the inclusion of organizations representing persons with disabilities in decisions regarding them. Not only is participation an element of democracy, hence a human right, but also an important factor of innovation, especially in the field of disability. In time, in fact, the increasingly uniform participation of the organizations of persons with disabilities has become competent and more and more capable of conversing in all areas of human rights, providing a different point of view on the condition of persons with disabilities. The article analyzes a number of examples in the fields of research, international cooperation, social policies, and human rights guardianship, emphasizing that in this field participation translates into innovation.

Keywords: participation; persons with disabilities; innovation; CRPD; best practices.