UN Survey

More than 10 years ago the UN agreed to 22 “rules” which national governments should follow to improve the lives of their citizens with disabilities. These rules cover medical care, educational opportunities, social integration — all the usual, important areas. During the last few years to UN has performed a survey, asking both national govvernments and 2 disability organizations in each country how much progress has been made. The results appear in “Global Survey on Government Action on the Implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities”. It’s shocking — shocking I say! — to discover that only half the responding countries have taken any significant action regarding assistive technology or accessibility. Those of us in advanced countries that certainly answered ‘yes’ to every question on the survey know only too well how piecemeal our programs are, and how insufficient.
UN Enable – Global Survey

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