Abandoned, Excluded, Denied
Right now, somewhere, a boy is being denied the right to play because he can't walk. A girl is being told she can't learn because she can't see.
Across the developing world, many children with disabilities are INVISIBLE. They are excluded from school, hidden by their families and abandoned by their governments.
For children with disabilities to be VISIBLE—to be valued and full participants in society—they first have to be seen and counted.
VIDEO: UNICEF and Disabilities
Let's Be a Global Leader
The United States has made enormous progress in addressing the needs and rights of people with disabilities, including children. Our nation should be a global leader in helping other countries build the political will, policies and infrastructure for truly inclusive societies.
We cannot be that leader until we commit to the global human rights treaty that specifically addresses people with disabilities: the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Approving the CRPD won't require changes to American law. It simply requires other countries to improve their own records on disability rights.