1982 December 3

United Nations Declares International Day of Disabled Persons

 

The United Nations declared this day the International Day of Disabled Persons. The United Nations signed UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on March 30, 2007. Although it was inspired by the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law on July 26, 1990, the U.S. has still not ratified the Convention because of conservative opposition in the Senate (see November 5, 2013).

Go to the UN web site: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1561

Read the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml

Learn more:  Kim Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States (2012)

Learn more about laws on the rights of the disabled in the U.S.: http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm

Learn more at the National Disability Rights Network: http://www.ndrn.org/index.php

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