Did you know that the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been
celebrated annually on 3 December around the world since 1992.
This year's objective is "Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want." This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)
and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
This is about projecting U.S. Leadership. It's about helping our veterans, promoting our values and our companies.
This treaty doesn't change America. It's about America changing the world."
"How we treat our brothers and sisters with disabilities - demonstrates our values and defines who we are.
That is our greatest export, and this is our chance to make sure that we leave no one behind.
The principle here is simple: Any one of us could become disabled tomorrow.
And though our circumstances may change our rights and opportunities must never change." - -
John Kerry, on asking the Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.