Navigation Links
AAPD to Present 2008 Henry B. Betts Award to International Human Rights Disability Advocate Eric Rosenthal
Date:12/19/2007

Award Presentation to be Made at Annual AAPD Leadership Gala March 5, 2008, National Building Museum, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announces that the prestigious 2008 Henry B. Betts Award will be presented to Eric Rosenthal for pioneering the field of international human rights advocacy for people with disabilities and bringing unprecedented international awareness to their concerns. He established and is Executive Director of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI). Through MDRI, Rosenthal has investigated human rights conditions in 23 countries. He has trained and supported the work of disability activists around the world to fight these abuses.

The Henry B. Betts Award is named in honor of Henry B. Betts, M.D., a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation medicine who started his career with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1964, making it the base for his career as an advocate for people with physical disabilities and leader in the field of rehabilitation medicine, and who has devoted himself to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The award program was created in 1989 and is funded by the Prince Charitable Trusts.

"Eric Rosenthal has helped to galvanize international attention to the human rights violations that people with significant disabilities are subjected to every day," says AAPD President and CEO Andrew J. Imparato. "His vision, passion, strategic advocacy, and belief in self-determination and human dignity are changing policies and changing lives in a disability movement that is increasingly connected across the globe."

Rosenthal grew up with manic depression in his family. He was interested in psychiatry when he entered college, but after working in a psychiatric ward became uncomfortable with the coercion he observed. After law school he went to Mexico to document abuses against indigenous people. He observed the dehumanization of people held naked and in filth in psychiatric facilities and brought this to the attention of international human rights groups, who were uninterested. In response, Rosenthal established Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) in 1993.

MDRI's reports have been the first to bring widespread recognition that the discrimination and abuse of people with disabilities constitutes a violation of international human rights law. The United Nations recently adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in no small part due to Rosenthal's role promoting disability rights as human rights.

In Uruguay, Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Turkey, Romania, Argentina, and most recently, Serbia, MDRI has drawn international attention to horrendous conditions, helped change government policies, and supported grassroots organizing around disability rights. Rosenthal documents and effectively fights human rights abuses, and has won precedent-setting legal victories before international tribunals and brought support to people with mental disabilities to fight for their own rights in these and more than 23 countries. In Paraguay, for instance, MDRI won a decision from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ordering the release of two boys with autism held naked in isolation cells for years, and Paraguay entered into a settlement with MDRI to deinstitutionalize its national mental health system. Through the leadership of MDRI's Associate Director, Laurie Ahern, MDRI is working with the President of Kosovo to close Shtime Institution, Kosovo's psychiatric facility, and create a community support system built on the leadership of local disability activists. This model reform would make Kosovo the first region in Central/Eastern Europe to end the segregation of people with mental disabilities.

"Eric Rosenthal's work has been revolutionary," says Alison A. Hillman de Velasquez, Director of Americas Program at MDRI. "He has labored tirelessly for the recognition and enforcement of the rights of arguably the most marginalized and stigmatized population of persons with disabilities, persons with psychiatric diagnoses and intellectual disabilities, and for the recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities as human rights."

The 2008 Henry B. Betts Award will be presented collaboratively by AAPD and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at the 2008 AAPD Leadership Gala, an awards ceremony and dinner, on March 5, 2008, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. For additional information about this event, visit the AAPD website: http://www.aapd.com, or call AAPD at 202-457-0046 (V/TTY).

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change - economically, politically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To learn more, visit the AAPD website: http://www.aapd.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Association of People With Disabilities
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. AtriCure to Present at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
2. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. to Present at the Roth Capital Partners 2007 New York Conference
3. BD to Present at the Bear Stearns 20th Annual Healthcare Conference
4. ATS Medical to Present at the 2007 Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference
5. Omnicell to Present at Thomas Weisel Healthcare Conference 2007
6. AtriCure to Present at Roth Capital Partners 2007 New York Conference
7. Arena Pharmaceuticals to Present at the NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference
8. MDS to Present at Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference
9. Hospira to Present at the Bear Stearns 20th Annual Healthcare Conference on September 11
10. AMICAS to Present at Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference 2007
11. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Announces Webcast of Presentation at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... “Beyond and Back”: a true-life testimony of tragedy ... of published author Bonetta Rose, a wife, mother and grandmother committed to sharing her ... Faith Publishing, Bonetta Rose‘s new book presents actual events in the life of her ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “The Trainer”: an electrifying and suspenseful gunslinger novel with ... with an active imagination and an enthusiasm for action and adventure stories. ... Bill Hart, who sat looking at the thirty-three notches that lined the edges of ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that it had ... currently taking place at the Suntec Singapore International Exhibition & Convention Centre, Singapore. ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... Georgia (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... ... time consuming and frustrating and this tool bypasses that. Healthcare facilities across ... identified an opportunity to offer their clients and hospitals, across the country, an ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The Rett ... a devastating neurological disorder that afflicts 350,000 individuals worldwide. Rett Syndrome is ... and almost exclusively strikes females. Following a normal infancy, Rett Syndrome takes ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... , 22 de marzo de 2017   ... líder de soluciones de productos y servicios para ... que ha adquirido EPL Archives, Inc., una organización ... clientes en todo el ciclo de vida de ... una muestra de archivo, almacenamiento de documentos y ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 22, 2017 Under ... Chinese pharmaceutical packaging market size increased year by ... From 2017 to 2021, the market size will ... is expected to outnumber RMB140 billion in 2021, ... the rapid development of biological agents and supporting ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... RADNOR, Pennsylvania , 22. März 2017 ... führende unabhängige und weltweit tätige Anbieter von ... gibt heute den Erwerb von EPL Archives ... biologischer Stoffe, der Kunden im kompletten Zyklus ... bei Verwahrung von Proben, Speicherung von Dokumenten ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: