Disability in the Spotlight at the UN

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Lesson Title

Disability in the Spotlight at the UN

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Video Length

Two minutes and thirty-two seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above


The United Nations General Assembly meeting was held in New York City on 23 September 2013. The aim of the meeting was to develop disability inclusion. One of the assembly’s main goals was to remove barriers that play a role in discrimination. Another item on their agenda was to develop anti-poverty goals.  Unfortunately, the vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was defeated.

Review Questions

How many representatives and organizations of people with disabilities attended the meeting?

What kind of action did Secretary Moon urge? In other words, did he urge local, national, or international action?

According to Secretary Moon, what areas of life are people with disabilities excluded from?

Free writing “Journal” Prompt

What are some examples of physical barriers that contribute to discrimination against people with disabilities?

What kind of attitudes towards people with disabilities do you think contribute to their discrimination?

What about this report do you have questions about, or want to know more about?