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International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

December 6, 2010

President Obama took a huge initiative towards filling the gaps of inequality for people with disabilities around the world by declaring December 3 The International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In his press release President Obama stated, “We acknowledge the contributions of women and men with disabilities around the world, and we recognize our charge to ensure that all individuals can enjoy full inclusion and participation in our societies.” In addition to recognizing that individuals with disabilities are not treated as equal citizens, President Obama also discussed the strides that the United States has taken towards bringing more prosperity for individuals with disabilities, explaining:

“Last year, the United States became a proud signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first new human rights treaty of the 21st century…With our partners around the globe, we can affirm the rights of individuals with disabilities to live independently if they choose, free from the fear of discrimination, stigma, or economic insecurity… we also reflect upon important milestones in America's civil rights struggle for people with disabilities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These historic, bipartisan civil rights laws were clarion calls for equal access for and an end to discrimination against persons with disabilities, and they have paved the way for countless Americans with disabilities to share their talents and strengthen our communities.”


The incorporation of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a new milestone for the rights of people with disabilities around the world. To read the full press release click here.

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