On behalf of the YLC, I am happy to introduce the first of many blog posts to come from one of its sub groups: the Education Advocacy and Training Committee. Our goal is to contextualize Best Buddies in the larger Disability Rights Movement by providing resources, and educational pieces about the inclusion movement, as well as opportunities to educate others in our local communities. A small piece of this will be posting every month about a topic that is relevant to the Inclusion Movement on a national, or international level, as well as a call-to-action opportunity. Our first post is about a very important topic that affects millions around the world with steps for you all to take to make your voice heard!
As we all know, Best Buddies is rich in the Disability Rights Movement; its first chapter created one year before the Americans with Disabilities Act. This huge piece of legislation is a hallmark in the American system that guarantees accessibility and equal treatment for people with disabilities. However, in many countries around the world, there is little to no equality for those people with disabilities. With no access to education and rights, while being ostracized by the rest of their culture, people with disabilities around the world are discriminated against to an extreme degree when compared to the United States. However, there is a treaty that is seeking to end all of that, and begin a whole new chapter of acceptance and empowerment to people around the world.