Conversations With America: Promoting Disability Rights

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 9, 2012
Conversations With America: Promoting Disability Rights

Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, will hold a conversation with Ann Cody, Director of Policy and Global Outreach for BlazeSports America, and Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, on "Promoting Disability Rights." The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available for on demand viewing soon on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog.

This program will focus on opportunities to elevate and address the human rights of persons with disabilities, and the tangible benefits that can result from this work. For example, the successful completion of Paralympics games in London clearly demonstrates how sports can be used as one tool to empower disabled people, and ensure that they are treated with self-respect and dignity. This program will discuss approaches to promoting enjoyment of the human rights by persons with disabilities, and the tools that we can all employ in this important work.

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping. Submit your questions below on DipNote and join the ongoing discussion via Twitter using the hashtag #DisabilityRights. Please submit questions via DipNote, Facebook, or Twitter as soon as possible for consideration.

Through Conversations With America, leaders of national non-governmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior State Department officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

View other Conversations With America here and by accessing the Conversations With America video podcasts on iTunes.



diana d.
Puerto Rico
October 9, 2012

Diana D. in Puerto Rico writes:

My son served as a medic in iraq was in a boming in which he lost two best friends my son came back with pts tbi and other conditions was sent to fort dix in new jersey from there they sent him to fort gorden in georgia there they over medicated him and sent him to a publis prison court martialed and is awaiting a discharge this is what i happening to soldiers who come back from iraq with ptsd.

rahool a.
Trinidad and Tobago
October 10, 2012

Rahool A. in Trinidad and Tobago writes:

Without giving much thought, i just wish to say that if a citizen or resident with state connect rights of acknoledgement to status, it is of importance for the individual to live comfortable to feed themselves and to accomodate their living in the land, so if ever confronted by good leadership on any matters of interest by the state or country, that individual feels obligated in truth because of dependence standing so its easy to have his or here input in the system in whatever way they can manage to offer themselves, and its important for them to be part occupied with productivity, so i do encourage useful connect to disability grants. I myself could use the help but never was accustomed to that asking ok? thank u for hearing:)

October 11, 2012

Kathia in Haiti writes:

I tried submitting my question through dipnote and twitter and it did not go through. I can see others but was not able to submit. Below is my questions and I currently live in Haiti.

What pressure is being placed on the current government in Haiti to put policies in place that will ensure people with disabilities access to schools and other public places that are being rebuilt around the country: such as ramps to cross the streets since many side walks and roads have been destroyed, ramps to get into schools and stores etc.? Is there pressure being applied to the new government to put such infrastructure in place and if there is, will it be done in all the departments of Haiti and not just PAP?

Kathia F.
Program Manager
Deep Springs International, Haiti

Jennifer M.
District Of Columbia, USA
October 12, 2012

Jennifer M. in Washington, D.C. writes:

Every 68 seconds another American gets Alzheimer's. Out of the 10 top causes of death in America, it is the only one with no cure. I have lost 4 family members to this dreaded disease. What can be done to improve global partnerships, especially with scientists in Israel, Germany etc. to help find cures to these diseases? Today 5 million Americans have it, and when the boomers age those numbers will only double if there's no way to prevent, slow or cure the disease. Can BIRD and other programs be dramatically expanded so that we can find a way to cure Alzheimer's and other diseases?

California, USA
October 15, 2012

O.C. in California writes:

As our country continues to be on the edge of bankruptcy and as rents skyrocket, what is the government doing to protect the disabled from being forced into homelessness? I'm asking for the many disabled people I know who are hanging on financially by their fingernails.


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