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AAAS Supports UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, in conjunction with 10 other organizations, sent a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) urging them to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that recently passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Convention was adopted by the UN in 2006 in an effort to acknowledge a universal understanding that persons with disabilities are not "objects," but "subjects with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent..." The Convention would allow each country to implement provisions within its own legal system, and also urges signatories to cooperate and invest in research and development on adaptive goods and services, as well as assistive technologies. 

AAAS has long supported increased participation in the scientific community by persons with disabilities; most recently, the AAAS Board of Directors released their own statement in support of ratification in April 2014. Currently, the Convention has 158 signatories