Today we celebrate the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). With over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, this day commemorates continued efforts across the world to ensure an inclusive and accessible society for all. The celebration of this day provides the opportunity to bring to the forefront issues of inclusion and to celebrate contributions to society made by persons with disabilities.
So it is appropriate that the U.S. Senate will be voting on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In celebration of IDPD, we are asking all of our members to call their Senators and ask them to vote yes on this treaty, which seeks to achieve the same goals as existing disability laws in the United States--to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. To learn more about the CRPD, please read CEC’s CRPD Issue Brief.
CEC’s Associate Executive Director Deborah Ziegler will be celebrating this day in Kuwait at an event hosted by Training Gate International, an organization focused, on training and skills development for people with disabilities. Ms. Ziegler will be presenting several workshops at a 3-day conference anchored by the celebration of the IDPD. The conference features workshops on policy and advocacy, special education, community leadership and transition.
CEC would like to celebrate this day by honoring all special educators who work tirelessly to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to improve their lives and expand their horizons through education. In honor of this day, please call your Senators and ask them to vote for ratification of the CRPD to help the United States take its position as a leader in disability rights and advocacy across the world.