The Language of Fear


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By Roslyn M. Brock

When the U.S. Senate failed last December to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, I was disappointed. But the opposition arguments were sadly familiar: loss of sovereignty, outside control, a hidden agenda – the language of suspicion and fear.

The NAACP was a strong and early supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law 23 years ago and is the foundation for the convention. The new treaty, which President Obama signed in 2009, would hold up the ADA standards as a model for addressing the needs of people with disabilities in countries around the world.

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