Wednesday, May 07, 2008

UN Ratifies Rights of Persons with Disabilities

I think not too many people know that Im also an advocate for web accessibility. But I am :) I am a founding member of PWAG (Philippine web accessibility group). We help as private citizens improve websites so people with disabilities can also access private and government websites (with emphasis on government websites)

But enough of me.

After six years of deliberation and almost a year after its signing, the Philippines became the 23rd country that ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

This landmark event will have a simultaneous worldwide celebration on May 12, 2008 at UN Headquarters in New York City. For its part, the Philippines will also have a prayer and walk for unity on May 12 from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Autism Society of the Philippines President, Erlinda Koe, was adjudged to be the emcee of the unity walk. Captain Oscar Taleon will be the in-charge of events security and together with Lauro Purcil, he will help for a courtesy call with Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alberto Romulo. Sorongon will also help in security marshals.

The organizers will also invite the SM Bands to add color and music to the walk. Carmen Zubiaga and Joy Garcia will make a miniature of wheelchair as a token for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

A program will also be held at Worshops and symposium will also be scheduled after the grand celebration.

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