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ADA Blog #149: Annual Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

#December 3 marked the #annual #Convention on the #Rights of Persons with #Disabilities; an #international #human #rights instrument of the #United #Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with #disabilities. Parties to the #Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of #human #rights by persons with #disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the #law. The #observance of the #Day aims to promote an understanding of #disability issues and mobilize support for the #dignity, #rights and #well-being of persons with #disabilities. It also seeks to increase #awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with #disabilities in every aspect of #political, #social, #economic and #cultural life.

This year’s theme: #Removing #Barriers to #Create an #Inclusive and #Accessible #Society for All. Today, over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the #world’s #population, live with some form of #disability.

The #US leads the world in promoting and #protecting the #rights of people with #disabilities, but many parts of the #world today lack #awareness and #understanding of #accessibility as a cross-cutting development issue. Sadly, the #US isn’t pushing forward to ensure full #inclusion across the #world.

Because #Springboard works with many #global #corporations committed to removing #barriers and successfully #employ people with #disabilities, I thought it important to share the following statement by the #Press #Secretary on the #Convention on the #Rights of Persons with #Disabilities:

We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of #Senate #Republicans today blocked the #Convention on the #Rights of Persons with #Disabilities, which would enshrine #American standards that have been developed through decades of #bipartisan #cooperation. #Ratification would require no changes to #U.S. law, as the #United #States already leads the #world in promoting and protecting the #rights of persons with #disabilities. However, it would position the #United #States to support extending across the #globe the #rights that #Americans already enjoy at home. This in turn would improve the lives of #Americans with #disabilities -- including our #wounded #service #members -- who wish to #live, #work, and #travel abroad. It would also allow our #businesses to operate on a more level playing field and reaffirm #American #leadership on #disability rights. For these reasons, and others, #Democrats and #Republicans in the #Senate and across the #country -- as well as #disability #advocacy #groups, #wounded #warriors, #veterans groups and business groups -- have supported this #treaty. We commend former #Senator #Dole and the #bipartisan #coalition of #Senators who worked to secure the #treaty resolution's passage, including #Senators #Reid, #Kerry, #Lugar and #McCain. We hope the #Senate will reconsider this #treaty soon in the next #Congress. As #President #Obama declared in a written statement read in tribute to #Senator #Dole just before the vote, #disability #rights should not stop at our #nation's shores.

 

Shelley

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