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U.S Special Advisor for International Disability Rights visits Jordan

February 29, 2012

Amman--The State Department’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann, arrived in Jordan last night on a seven-day visit to attend the launch of a civil society report on the status of implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Jordan. Ms. Heumann will also acknowledge the progress that Jordan -- a country that has already signed on to the convention –has made in the field of disability rights.

Ms. Heumann’s visit comes as part of the United States’ effort to affirm its commitment to issues affecting people with disabilities in bilateral relationships worldwide.  While in Jordan, Ms. Heumann will share the American, and learn about the Jordanian, experience in striving to secure the full inclusion of both countries’ disabled populations.  

During her visit, Ms. Heumann will meet His Royal Highness Prince Raad, President of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCAPD). Ms. Heumann will also meet with civil society organizations, organizations working with disabled people and universities on issues of inclusion and/or improving visibility and quality of life for disabled people.  Ms. Heumann will also meet with groups focusing on a wide range of other issues, including women’s issues, education and employment.

Ms. Heumann was appointed Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in June 2010. Special Advisor Heumann leads the Administration’s efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote the rights of persons with disabilities internationally; coordinates an interagency process for the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and ensures that foreign assistance incorporates persons with disabilities.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Heumann has been involved on the international front working with disabled people’s organizations and governments around the world to advance the human rights of disabled people.  Prior to her appointment, Ms. Heumann was the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia.  From June 2002-2007, she served as the World Bank's first Adviser on Disability and Development and as Lead Consultant to the Global Partnership for Disability and Development.  Ms. Heumann served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services in the U.S. Department of Education from 1993-2001.  Having successfully fought for her own rights, Ms. Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate.

 

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The U.S. Embassy in Amman would be delighted to assist with requests for media interviews with Ms. Judith Heumann.

For assistance please contact:

Najwan Musharbash
Information Specialist
Press Office
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Tel: 06- 5906109
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