Monday, June 25, 2012

The Fight for Disability Rights

This week, I continued my lobby experience by attending a meeting with representatives of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD).  Here, I learned more details of the Convention on the Rights of people with Disabilities and the importance of getting it ratified.  We discussed our game plan and went our ways to lobby to the legislative assistance and interns of various senators.  This week, I got to lobby with a really cool person named, Rachel.  She is just a few years older than me, but is doing so many great (like the awesome, greatness of great) things like teaching special education and training teachers abroad how to better accommodate their students who have special needs.  This summer, she is headed to Lebanon.  How cool!! 

Oh yeah, back to the story.  Lobbying is fun mixed with challenges, which I'm not complaining because I could always use a challenge.  However, it's kind of discouraging and frustrating when the people you're talking with don't seem to be on the same page as you, and when you try, they just seem uninterested.  But we won't let this keep us down.  We will keep on fighting for the rights and equality for those with disabilities here and abroad.

Aside from the terrible heat and humidity on Saturday, I had a wonderful time trekking to the FDR Memorial and learning more about the great works of this great (grand, cool, awesome, remarkable, all the good stuff).  He really paved the way for rights of those with disabilities.  It was fun seeing the replica of the “wheelchair” he invented himself.  It only went straight and he had to have people push him.  I wonder if I would have had that patience…. Probably not! 

It's so cool to see how far we've come in terms of disability rights in our country.  Now, we need to get this treaty ratified, so we can pave the way for other countries to follow us on this trek of equality for persons with disability.


  1. Oh man that's legit. Yeah politics and lobbying is rough. I bet it'll even be a little bit disillusioning at times. But I think it's so fascinating that you're getting to meet with those people and discuss plans to ratify a convention! Way cool indeed. I cant even imagine how much you're learning just seeing how all the dynamics and process of things work. I hear you on the heat, and the humidity only compounds the problem!