President Obama proclaimed December 3 the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In issuing the proclamation, the President said, “(W)e press forward, renewing our dedication to embrace diversity, end discrimination, remove barriers, and uphold the rights, dignity, and equal opportunity of all people.” It is anticipated that the President will send the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Senate for ratification in the near future.
The commemorative day is intended to acknowledge the contributions of women and men with disabilities around the world, and to recognize our charge to ensure that all individuals can enjoy full inclusion and participation in our societies. See http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/12/03/presidential-proclamation-international-day-persons-with-disabilities
Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judy Huemann, in partnership with the US International Council on Disability, is hosting an event at the State Department on December 3. Panel discussions and presentations will address HIV/AIDS and disability, violence against women and girls with disabilities, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For details see http://www.usicd.org/detail/event.cfm?event_id=59&id=92