Worldwide there are more than one billion individuals living with a disability. Many live in conflict settings or in developing countries where they are subjected to violence and discrimination and experience myriad barriers to education, employment, housing, health care, independent decision-making, and political participation. Panelists discuss the progress made under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the United States and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities worldwide, including Canada and the UK, in integrating disability rights within the broader human rights agenda, as well as the pressing challenges that continue, including violence against women and children with disabilities, institutionalization, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
- Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group
- Jewelles Smith, Communications & Government Relations Coordinator, Council of Canadians with Disabilities
- Michael Ashley Stein, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Disability Rights
Co-Sponsor: ABA International Law Section
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