Bob Dole Scolds Republicans On The
25th Anniversary of The ADA
Politics Intern, The Huffington Post
“I think too many people still think that there’s an ‘us’ without disabilities and a ‘them’ with disabilities,” Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said at a Capitol Hill celebration to mark the ADA's 25th anniversary, which fell on Sunday.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) scolded his former colleagues for failing to approve the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a UN disability rights treaty.
“It’s a shame the only countries who haven’t ratified that treaty are the Congo, Guyana and the United States of America, and we are the leader in disability issues and dealing with the problem,” Dole said. (In fact, Guyana signed on last year, and some additional nations have yet to do so.)
According to the UN, 159 countries have ratified the treaty.
“Hopefully this year we will be able to pass that treaty so that our UN representative, who is a wonderful person, Samantha Power, will have an opportunity to tell these other countries how much we’ve accomplished in America and hopefully they will do the same,” said Dole, who was injured during World War II, leaving him with limited use of his right arm.
“I never thought much about disability issues till I became a member of the club,” Dole said.