I am pretty sure that many were jubilant when in 1990 then President George H.W. Bush signed into law the American with Disabilities Act (ADB). The law is the culmination of long years of hard work by the disability rights movement. After all people with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the
The Disability Funders Network says that more than 20 million families, out of the 60.6 million families in the
have at least one member with a disability. US
The statistics are expected to double over the next 20 years as veterans from the middle-east wars return home.
I am also sure that many were no less than stupefied after the US Senate shot down the ratification of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which ironically was patterned after the ADB -- something that the US can trumpet, be proud of, and take leadership in.
The Senate fell short of 5 votes of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
A huge direct impact of the UN initiative on those with disabilities is protection. When a war veteran, for example, travels abroad he is assured of the same rights and privileges as those he enjoys in the
The argument of senators who voted against the treaty had something to do with supposedly "compromising US sovereignty."
Referring to the UN, Sen. Jim Inhofe of
Oklahoma said: “This unelected bureaucratic body would pass recommendations that would be forced upon the if we were a signatory." United States
|Disabled veterans of the Iraq war. Source: allamericanpatriots.com|
-- Ariel Murphy