Monday, December 3, 2012

Disability Rights, Access to Education Vary Around the World

By Nirvi Shah from On Special Education

This blog rarely ventures beyond the borders of the United States, as it seems there are ample issues to discuss about special education on American soil. But today it seemed worthy of note that it's the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

For starters, the U.S. Senate is still debating whether to approve the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Council for Exceptional Children calls the document landmark and has been urging the Senate to ratify it, noting that 90 percent of children with disabilities in developing countries have no access to school, in sharp contrast to educational access for children with disabilities in America.

Although the treaty has bipartisan support, the National Review notes, and it has been signedby President Barack Obama, some senators oppose the measure because they believe it would not have any effect on people in the United States.

Read more HERE.
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