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AAPD works to promote equal rights for people with disabilities in the international sphere.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.

—Preamble to the UN Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was passed by the UN General Assembly in December of 2006 and came into force on May 3, 2008.  The CRPD is one of the nine human rights treaties of the United Nations.  It signifies a change in the perception of people with disabilities as objects of charity and protection to individuals who have rights that must be respected and guaranteed by states.   


World Report on Disability

The World Report on Disability was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on June 9, 2011. The Report summarizes the best available scientific evidence on disability and makes recommendations for action in support of the implementation of the CRPD.

Connecting Leaders & Sharing Best Practices

AAPD connects international leaders with key disability policy makers in the United States and coordinates briefings and events with our partners throughout the world. 

The U.S. Department of State regularly refers international inquires regarding disability to AAPD.


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