May 31, 2021 RAPID RESPONSE

Global Disability Rights: Perspectives from Around the World

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.

Panelists

Moderator

  • Michael Ashley Stein, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School

Resources

Transcript: Global Disability Rights: Perspectives from Around the World

ABA policy on the U.S. ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol

Pivoting to Inclusion: Leveraging Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis for Learners with Disabilities

A recovery that works for everyone

Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Disability Rights

Co-Sponsor: ABA International Law Section

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