Disability advocates address accessibility issues with the State Department

The DPC and other members of the CCD International Task Force met with Judy Heumann, the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the Department of State. Ms Heumann described her efforts to infuse the issue of disability throughout all parts of the State Department. International task force members shared concerns with Ms. Heumann about inaccessible embassies, the difficulty people with disabilities have in obtaining a tourist visa, hiring practices, the State Department’s compliance with Section 508 web accessibility standards, and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The task force plans to meet with Ms. Heumann periodically.

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