International Disability Rights
The Special Advisor for International Disability Rights (SADR) leads the U.S. comprehensive strategy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. The United States, as part of our foreign policy, works to remove barriers and create a world in which disabled people enjoy dignity and full inclusion. Discrimination against people with disabilities is not simply unjust; it hinders economic development, limits democracy, and erodes societies.
The position of Special Advisor for International Disability Rights was created following U.S. signature of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and resides in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). As the senior-level disability human rights position at the State Department, the Special Advisor leads on disability human rights issues across the Department.
The The Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann, also coordinates the interagency process for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ; ensures that foreign assistance incorporates persons with disabilities; leads on disability human rights issues; ensures that the needs of persons with disabilities are addressed in international emergency situations; and conducts public diplomacy, including with civil society, on disability issues.
- Fact Sheet on The Disabilities Treaty: Opening the World to Americans with Disabilities
- Learn More about the Disabilities Treaty on state.gov: Opening the World to Americans with Disabilities
International Disability Rights Activism and Stories:
Special Adviser for International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann, talks about her experience meeting Jordanians with disabilities during her visit to Jordan in March 2012
- First Sports Envoys with Disabilities Travel to China to Advance Disability Rights and Inclusion
- Using Sports To Promote Inclusion and Equality for People With Disabilities
- A Diverse and Socially Inclusive America Needs to Share Its Story
- Advancing Disability Rights Worldwide Through Exchanges
- Disability is Diversity: Dr. Christie L. Gilson Shares her Story
- Empowered to Live Life to the Fullest