CSPS Launches Global Disability Rights Advocacy Project

by Rebekah Goode
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The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is on Sunday, July 26, 2020. This landmark law forever changed the landscape of inclusion and accessibility in the United States.  In celebration of this anniversary, the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society (CSPS), led by Dr. Sarah Hillyer, in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is taking inclusion one step further by launching their Global Disability Rights Advocacy Project.

Cover of CSPS toolkitThe Global Disability Rights Advocacy Project is grounded in a one-of-a-kind, interactive global map that showcases: (1) laws that protect the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide; (2) progress in the Paralympics, Deaflympics, and Special Olympics movements; and (3) CSPS alumni who are working and advocating for progress in every corner of the world. Also included in the project is a blog series that highlights stories of change and an advocacy toolkit that will help citizens in Tennessee and across the world become even better champion changemakers. Taking this message worldwide, CSPS hopes these resources will help citizens gain a greater understanding of the intersection between sport and policy for persons with disabilities, develop a deeper appreciation for the importance of inclusion, and move them to action as even stronger advocates for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, especially within the sport sector.

Learn more about the Global Disability Rights Advocacy Project at sportandpeace.org.

More about the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society is an organization committed to creating a more peaceful, equitable, and inclusive world through sport and education. They fulfill their mission by hosting leadership development programs, engaging in global outreach, producing storytelling projects, and conducting academic research.

Through its work as implementing partner of the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, the center has worked with international sports leaders and U.S. mentors on five-week exchanges, where the leaders develop Action Plans for sport-based social change in their communities. These plans have contributed to the creation of national sports leagues and federations for women and people with disabilities and impacted legislation to make countries more inclusive and accessible.

Watch this video to learn more about initiatives for people with disabilities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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