|U.S. Signs UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities|
On May 15, 2007 Dr. Megan Kirshbaum addressed, by invitation, the United Nation's Programme on the Family, Division for Social Policy and Development, Observance of the International Day of Families. Her presentation on parents with disabilities was associated with the December 2006 United Nations General Assembly adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which addresses the rights of families where a parent or child has disabilities.[i] Featured prominently in the Convention is Article 23: Respect for Home and the Family;
On July 24, 2009, President Obama signed the finalized version of this United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and sent it to the U.S. Senate for ratification. On July 30, 2009, the Convention was signed by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.
We laud the commitment this development in international law represents for our community and the import of international recognition that parental disability is never a valid stand-alone basis for the removal of a child from her natural family by state actors.
[i] U.N. CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 8th Sess., at 14, A/61/611 (2006).