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Employability & Technology
The CRPD - Impact & Opportunities
Debra Ruh stresses on the need for international corporations to serve as a benchmark and source for good practices in support of an effective implementation of the CRPD.
Since its opening for signature in March 2007, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been signed by 153 countries and ratified with full enforceability by 110 countries. This is one of the fastest rates of adoption of any international treaty in recent history. Its article 27 (see below) on “Work and employment” establishes the foundation for national policies and programs similar in nature to some of the most advanced legislations around the world, including the requirement for reasonable accommodation. Significant opportunities can be leveraged in this context by organizations conducting business internationally.
While the actual implementation at country level will take time, the CRPD is already having a profound impact on national legislations; according to G3ict’s latest CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility, a survey of ratifying countries conducted in cooperation with Disabled Peoples’ International, 91% have already adopted a constitutional article, law or regulation defining the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and 72% a definition of “Reasonable Accommodation” in a law or regulation regarding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
What does this mean for organizations operating internationally?
If you’d like to learn more about this topic, please join us for this month’s free webinar:SSB BART Group presents a USBLN/G3ict Webinar -
Leadership Opportunities for Organizations with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
March 13, 2012 - 2pm to 3pm EST Register Now!
Axel Leblois, G3ict
Jill Houghton, USBLN
Debra Ruh (born 1958) is an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She is President of TecAccess, LLC, an internationally renowned consulting firm focused on accessibility of information technology products. Ruh's daughter was diagnosed with down syndrome. Additionally, she speaks around the globe about full accessibility of information technology for persons with disabilities, and on the subject of telework, TecAccess’ model for employing persons with disabilities.