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Disability Rights Highlighted at March on Washington 50th Anniversary


Posted on Sep 17, 2013

It’s been half a century since the original March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial. This year, President Barack Obama honored the memory of this historic event by addressing the nation at the same time and place fifty years later.

“Because they marched,” said the president, “America became more free and more fair, not just for African-Americans but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans, for Catholics, Jews and Muslims, for gays, for Americans with disabilities.”

Prior to the president’s address, speakers from around the country advocated for leadership and positive change for the many Americans struggling with social inequity and marginalization.

Fred Maahs, chairperson of the American Association of People with Disabilities, spoke of the many obstacles faced by the community today. “For many millions of people with disabilities, the American dream remains out of reach,” Maahs said in a statement prior to the speech. “We have seen a lot of progress, but like all civil rights movements, the disability rights movement has much more to do.”

Maahs called for support in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This United Nations treaty would make crucial improvements to accessibility and the standard of living for people with disabilities around the world. Signed in 2009, the treaty is pending approval from the Senate.

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