US Embassy event on disability rights

KATHMANDU: The US Embassy in Nepal on Monday organised an event aiming at "inspiring people and governments to see disability through the lens of equality and opportunity."

The event was organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation, signed by the then US President George HW Bush on July 26, 1990.

Issuing a press statement today, the Embassy said, "The event highlighted the Embassy’s year-long disability-rights programming on issues such as inclusive tourism, elderly access to services, disability rights guidelines in the draft constitution, and developing the capacities of youth with disabilities."

About 100 participants attended the event, including activists, aid workers, volunteers, and many people with disabilities.

At the function, Sudarson Subedi, president of the National Federation of Disabled Nepal (NFDN) and Kalpana Shrestha, Under-Secretary for Disabilities at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, had shared highlights of accomplishments and challenges of Nepal’s disability rights movement.

Micah Berman of and Amina Bomjan, Deputy Country Director of Handicap International had also spoken at the function.