Disability Rights International calls for end of segregating people with disabilities

Disability Rights International is calling the global community to action – specifically, to stop human rights violations against people with disabilities worldwide.

Since their foundation in 1993, Disability Rights International’s purpose has been to work for people with disabilities on a global scale. Their priorities are recognizing the international human rights of all people with disabilities, as well as addressing the wide-spread practice of segregating people with disabilities from able-bodied people.

Disability Rights International has worked in 25 countries for over 20 years. Part of their work includes documenting human rights violations and abuses towards people with disabilities, and bringing the abuses to public attention. Their aim is to “get governments to act to end those abuses,” according to founder Eric Rosenthal. With the goal of bringing about “sustainable change,” DRI works to train activists, spread education, and work with local people in areas where people with disabilities are mistreated.

The president of Disability Rights International, Laurie Ahern, states that instead of housing children with disabilities in institutions or separated from their peers, “Children with disabilities belong in the same place that children without disabilities belong. They belong with families, they belong in schools, they belong playing with their friends, and they have every human right to enjoy those basic rights that people without disabilities and children without disabilities have.”

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.