The State Department’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann, arrived in Jordan last night on a seven-day visit to attend the launch of a civil society report on the status of implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Jordan. Ms. Heumann will also acknowledge the progress that Jordan — a country that has already signed on to the convention –has made in the field of disability rights.
Ms. Heumann’s visit comes as part of the United States’ effort to affirm its commitment to issues affecting people with disabilities in bilateral relationships worldwide. While in Jordan, Ms. Heumann will share the American, and learn about the Jordanian, experience in striving to secure the full inclusion of both countries’ disabled populations.
During her visit, Ms. Heumann will meet His Royal Highness Prince Raad, President of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCAPD). Ms. Heumann will also meet with civil society organizations, organizations working with disabled people and universities on issues of inclusion and/or improving visibility and quality of life for disabled people. Ms. Heumann will also meet with groups focusing on a wide range of other issues, including women’s issues, education and employment.
For more information, visit the website for the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan.