UN Charter of Rights for PWDS
The UN Convention of Rights for PWDs is actually the “template” for disability rights on a global scale.
The U.S. is a signator to the treaty but it is not incorporated into federal mandate. Like many other pieces of worthwhile legislation these days, it still has to be ratified by the Senate before it becomes domestic U.S. law.
In the meantime, we have to do with the ADA.
The Convention of Rights of PWDS is the most forward thinking document on the planet when it comes to “gimp” rights.
If there ever was a document that reaffirmed the basic ideas of our own “able-bodied” American Constitution for a population that sorely needs this protection if not affirmation, this one would be it.
For now it’s a bit obscure in this country (Spain is the country with national law the closest to this ideal). We believe however, that in coming years, debate, discussion (if not class action lawsuits) under the ADA will truly open the doors to inclusive discussions if not access for all.