On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.”
Ahead of next week’s high-level meeting to discuss the role of persons with disabilities in contributing to overall development, senior United Nations officials today urged the international community to advance the full and effective participation of the one billion persons with disabilities in society and in development beyond 2015.
The international community must step up its efforts to protect the rights of persons with disabilities and advance their development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to a ceremony in New York honouring countries that have shown dedication to the cause.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to reaffirm that persons with Down Syndrome are entitled to the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, deploring the stigma and discrimination they continue to face.
Television should be made more accessible to persons with disabilities, argues a new United Nations report released today, which identifies different accessibility options that would enable users to fully access audiovisual content.
More than one billion people worldwide experience some form of disability, the United Nations and the World Bank said today in a report that calls for the elimination of barriers that often force the people with disabilities to “the margins of society.”
The United Nations human rights chief today added her voice to the chorus welcoming the 100th ratification of the UN’s disability convention, but warned that too few countries currently have laws protecting persons with disabilities from discrimination.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Colombia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as an “important milestone,” emphasizing the treaty’s role in providing inclusion and development for persons with disabilities worldwide.
Attitudes towards the world’s 650 million people living with disabilities need to change so that their right to participate fully in the information society is honoured, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.