This afternoon, I will be joining President Obama and the leadership of the cross-disability community at a special ceremony at the White House where the President will be announcing the intention of the United States to become a signatory to the UN Convention on Disability Rights. The treaty will enshrine in international law a wide array of rights, some of which are present in the United States already, such as the right to reasonable accommodation, as well as others, such as the right to community living supports as opposed to having only segregated options available, that we still have to fight for in our own country. You can read the treaty yourself by going to http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=259. This is an important day for our community and I believe the President should be applauded for taking this important step.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network