Promoting Disability Rights
As the longtime leader of the free world, America has the moral obligation to fully ensure the basic, fundamental rights of all Americans and rededicate ourselves to the promise of equality inscribed within our nation’s Declaration of Independence. We must protect and provide for our most vulnerable citizens; those who are unable to take care of themselves or those who require a measure of additional assistance. Yet, we also owe these individuals the dignity and compassion to choose their own destiny if they can do so. The expansion of programs focused on integrated community settings and access to meaningful employment so that they may give back to society must be a perpetual goal for our nation. We must also support the ratification of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an UN charter ratified in 2007 and already adopted by 173 other nations in the world.