disability rights

Woman in wheelchair using elevator to board bus (© Steven Senne/AP)

Protecting the rights of people with disabilities helps all of us

Learn how increasing disability rights in a single country can lead to better outcomes, from social inclusion to strengthened economies.
Youth checking his mobile phone under a bridge (© Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

Thank people with disabilities for these inventions

Learn more about items commonly used by everyone that were originally designed for those with disabilities.
Woman playing golf (© Special Olympics)

Watch these American athletes at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games

Nearly 100 Special Olympics athletes from the U.S. will compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin. Get to know some of them.
Fridah Okomo standing on balcony with buildings and colorful evening sky in view (Courtesy of Fridah Okomo)

Young leaders promote democracy at home

Meet activists from Kenya and Estonia who are advancing democracy in their home countries after participating in a U.S.-backed program.
Kennedy family posing outside behind historic photo on easel (U.S. Embassy Dhaka)

Special kinship: U.S., Bangladesh and Kennedy family

The late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy was an outspoken supporter of Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation movement. Family ties continue today.
Judith Heumann smiling in wheelchair at end of indoor ramp (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

The enduring legacy of Judith Heumann [video]

Judith Heumann, who died March 4, spent more than five decades working for the rights of people with disabilities.
Man and woman signing different versions of a comment (© Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

A distinctive sign language thrives among Black Americans

Meet Carolyn McCaskill, a deaf American who educates the world about Black American Sign Language and the people who use it.
Lasu Jacob and Victor Mora holding plastic buckets of produce in farm field (Courtesy of Raleigh City Farm)

African community leaders take home lessons from U.S.

The Community Engagement Exchange program provides emerging civil society leaders with the tools and resources they need to succeed.
Visually impaired man walking using cane (© Gerry Broome/AP Images)

Workers with disabilities boost U.S. firms

National Disability Employment Awareness Month highlights the potential of people with disabilities in the U.S. workforce.