South African Disability Rights Leader Named United Nations Special Rapporteur of Commission for Social Development
Shuaib Chalklen of South Africa has been appointed the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development for the period 2009-2011.
From UN News Centre, August 13, 2009
UN Applauds Decision of United States to Join Landmark Disability Pact
The United Nations has welcomed the signing by the United States of the landmark treaty to protect and promote the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities.
From UN News Centre, July 31, 2009
U.S. Signs Disabled Rights Treaty
The United States on Thursday signed a U.N. treaty enshrining the rights of the world's 650 million disabled people, saying it symbolized President Barack Obama's commitment to upholding human rights through international agreements.
From The NewYork Times, July 30, 2009
UN Webcast: H.E. Ms. Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States Signs the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
H.E. Ms. Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States, accompanied by Senior White House Advisor Valerie B. Jarrett, sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and deliver remarks.
From UN Webcast Archive, July 30, 2009
Remarks by Ambassador Susan Rice at the U.S. Signing of the UN Convention
Remarks by Ambassador Susan Rice and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett at the U.S. Signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations Headquarters, July 30, 2009
From Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, U.S. Mission to the UN, NY, July 30, 2009
ATIA Intros Webinar Series
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) reportedly announced that it has introduced the ATIA Webinar Series, which complements ATIA's existing conferences and leadership forums, according to the organization.
From TMCnet.com, July 27, 2009
Obama Marks Disabilities Act
President Obama marked the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which he said resulted from a movement carried out by people who “refused to accept a second-class status in America.”
From abledbody.com, July 25, 2009
President Obama Announces Intention to Sign United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Impacts Accessible ICT
President Obama today announced his intention to sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, marking an evolution in the perception of disability as a human rights issue as opposed to a health or social welfare issue.
From PR Newswire, July 24, 2009
Assistive Technology Industry Association Expands Educational Offerings
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) has expanded the reach of its educational offerings with the introduction of the ATIA Webinar Series. The series complements ATIA's conferences and leadership forums, which have distinguished ATIA as a leading association dedicated to education related to Assistive Technology.
From Earth Times, July 24, 2009
Obama: U.S. to Sign UN Disabilities Rights Pact
Marking the 19th anniversary of a landmark law barring discrimination against people with disabilities, President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. will sign a United Nations treaty urging countries around the world to do the same.
From The Associated Press, July 24, 2009