Monday, July 26, 2010
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a comprehensive federal statute in the United States that protects individuals with disabilities from acts of discrimination. The statute also can apply outside the United States in some circumstances. Click here for more information about the extraterritorial application of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We're coming up also on the one year anniversary of the United States signing the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. That treaty--still largely unknown in the United States--entered into force on May 3, 2008. The United States signed the treaty on July 30, 2009 but has not yet ratified it. There are 88 parties to the treaty. Click here to see the status of ratifications. And in a new development for international law, not only individual countries can become parties to the Disability Treaty (and its Optional Protocol), but also Regional Integration Organizations (RIO's).