[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8612--DEC. 3, 2010

Proclamation 8612 of December 3, 2010
International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

America stands in solidarity with the growing number of nations around
the world that have committed themselves to ending unequal treatment of
persons with disabilities. On International Day of Persons with
Disabilities, we acknowledge the contributions of women and men with
disabilities around the world, and we recognize our charge to ensure
that all individuals can enjoy full inclusion and participation in our
My Administration is continuing to protect and promote human rights,
fair opportunity, and equal access for people with disabilities. Last
year, the United States became a proud signatory of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first new
human rights treaty of the 21st century. Like our laws in the United
States, this treaty urges equal protection and equal benefit of the law
for all persons with disabilities, and it reaffirms the inherent
dignity, worth, and independence of the 650 million individuals with
disabilities worldwide. To advance our international work in this area,
my Administration has named a Special Advisor for International
Disability Rights at the Department of State. My Administration also
continues to support the efforts of the World Intellectual Property
Organization to facilitate and increase access to literary, artistic,
and scientific materials for persons with disabilities. With our
partners around the globe, we can affirm the rights of individuals with
disabilities to live independently if they choose, free from the fear of
discrimination, stigma, or economic insecurity.
In acknowledging the progress of the past year, we also reflect upon
important milestones in America's civil rights struggle for people with
disabilities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with
Disabilities Act and the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act. These historic, bipartisan civil rights laws
were clarion calls for equal access for and an end to discrimination
against persons with disabilities, and they have paved the way for
countless Americans with disabilities to share their talents and
strengthen our communities.
We have made progress, but still have a great distance to journey before
every person living with a disability can benefit from the same access
and protections, in the United States and abroad. As we celebrate
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us reinvigorate our
commitment to eradicate barriers and ensure equal opportunity for all.

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2010, as
International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I call on all Americans
to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-