Historic Day

Today was truly a historic day. There was not one, not two, but three major events that will have profoundly positive effects on the lives of people with disabilities in America.

First and most impressively President Obama signed the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act at noon Eastern. This will ensure that people with disabilities are able to enter into the workforce more competitively without reduced wages or restrictions on promotion.

Secondly, the FNRA 2012 study on the financial capability of people with disabilities came out today. I was honored to be able to attend the press conference where the findings of the study were discussed by a panel of economic and policy advisors. I was personally enamored to hear Dr. Katherine McDonald discuss the results of the study in a paper. She is very well known in the disability studies community and is a professor at Syracuse University – where I hope to attend graduate school in disability studies.

Finally, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) passed out of the foreign relations committee with a vote of 12 to 6. This U.N. treaty would ensure that people with disabilities around the world would be able to receive the same benefits and accommodations that their U.S. counterparts receive. This is the second time that the treaty has gotten this far in the United States, so hopefully this time it can reach all the way to ratification by the Senate.

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