Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How Ironic ...

This Friday President Barack Obama will sign The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. That's all well and to the good, especially since Article 19 of the convention replicates what is proposed by The Community Choice Act of 2009.

There's only one problem. The government is frustratingly obtuse about the importance of free choice and deinstitutionalization of people with disabilities.

Want proof? The president's own Democratic Party is now the subject of a demonstration at the Democratic national headquarters, according to Facebook reports from disability activists. Want proof that the issue is at the edge of public consciousness? Put the words disability rights demonstration democratic national headquarters in the Google News search box, and there is no return (circa 1:00pm CDT 07/22/2009); put the words disability rights demonstration in the same search and the most recent entry is for a demonstration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania yesterday.

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