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  1. Blog Action Day 2013: Human Rights

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    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.

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  1. Reflection of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

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    Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
    Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
    Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

    Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s  “I Have A Dream” speech.

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    Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Dr. King’s speech was a pivotal moment for the Civil Rights Movement, and has influenced generations long after that historical moment on the National Mall.  To watch videos and view photographs from that day and to hear his strong voice declare the dream he had for this country truly sends chills down one’s spine.  Dr. King was a masterful speaker, and that speech solidified his importance to not only civil rights, but being considered a leader throughout the world because his message was universal to all.

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  1. Why Representation Matters in Children’s Books & Media

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    Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on.  I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, hum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t a maid!’  I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.

    Quote by Whoopi Goldberg.

    The reason why representation matters in children’s books and media is stressed greatly through Whoopi’s response to seeing a woman of color on television who did not depict stereotypical roles of African American women during that time.  When I ran across this posting on Tumblr, it resonated with the moment I had last week when I received my 1st book that depicted a character with a disability.  At almost 28 years old, I’ve never read a book where the protagonist was a person with a disability.  Even more shocking; I’ve never read a children’s book with a disabled female character as the lead.

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  1. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill on this date in 1965

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    On June 30th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare Bill into law, making health insurance available to elderly Americans.  This piece of legislation was one of many of Johnson’s focus when it comes to creating a “great society” that highlighted the importance of improving the well-being of all Americans, especially those who were discriminated against and underprivileged in our communities.

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  1. Today is the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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    Today commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This act was the 1st piece of legislation that sought to create a level playing field for people with disabilities in American society.  The act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on June 26th, 1990.

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