Disability Pride Month Tidbits

Disability Pride Month Tidbit: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month but at BC we turn it into Disability Pride Month! For the month of October, we’ll be posting daily FYIs with tidbits to help everyone learn more about the disability community. Enjoy!

In December 2006, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (CRPD) was adopted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and opened for signature in March 2007. The United Nations (UN) is the largest worldwide political body, in which 192 countries work collaboratively in targeting the world’s largest challenges. The CRPD, was created to guide countries in the implementation of laws that represent and protect people with disabilities. More specifically, the convention came to effect as a measure for “countries to recognize that all persons are equal before the law, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantee equal legal protection.” The UN has implemented numerous efforts in support of disability rights including the World Down Syndrome Day, World Autism Awareness Day, World Mental Health Day, and Human Rights Day.

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/resources/disability-and-the-media.html

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/the-convention-in-brief.html

Find out more about Disability Pride Month events at https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/drc/disability-pride-month/

Last Updated October 2, 2019