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Fordham Law to Hold Symposium on Disability Rights


The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is presenting a comparative symposium on disability rights.

The symposium, which is open to scholars, practitioners and the public, will highlight the backdrops of rural poverty and educational underdevelopment as barriers to inclusion and to education for persons with disabilities.

Global Rights and Local Challenges
November 15, 2013
1-8 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham School of Law

Speakers will include:
Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch

Madame Jeanne d’Arc Byaje, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Government of Rwanda to the United Nations

Musola Catherine Kaseketi, Founder/Filmmaker, Vilole Images Productions

Anne Kelsey, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates

Sophie Mitra, P.D., Associate Professor of Economics at Fordham

Richard Mukaga, Program Manager, Cheshire Services Uganda

Two panels will explore the disability and poverty nexus, wherein disability and poverty lead to and accentuate each other in a pernicious cycle. Panelists will use case studies from the United States and around the world to describe how rural environments and the need for overall educational development can hinder inclusive education for persons with disabilities.

A student photography exhibit will also illustrate the social and economic obstacles that define disability in Rwanda and internationally.  A screening of the award-winning documentary In The Shadow of the Sun at the close of the symposium will further illuminate the social stigma that persons with disabilities face.

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