Today is Blog Action Day, a day where thousands of bloggers from around the world post about the same theme. Human Rights is this year’s theme.
I decided to share the great drawing by a very talented freelance graphic artist named Gavin Aung Than, the creator of Zen Pencils. (The drawing is found at the end of the posting.) His drawing for Blog Action Day sparked me to write something about the importance of human rights for people with disabilities. The United Nations have taken tremendous steps in advocating for human rights for people with disabilities on an international scale. Its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol on December 13, 2006 allowed the status of those with disabilities throughout the world to be on the consciousness of world leaders. On the opening day of the Convention, 82 nations signed the Convention, and 44 nations signed the Optional Protocol. Those signatures were the highest numbers ever in the history of the UN. The CRPD was the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the new century.