Author: Cynthia M. Brougher
The Convention was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on December 13, 2006 and entered into force on May 3, 2008. It has been signed by over 150 countries, including the United States, which signed on July 30, 2009. The Convention is intended to establish international standards for protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities around the world across a spectrum of contexts. It sets broad goals of autonomy, equality, acceptance, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities, and it requires parties to the Convention to adopt legal protections to achieve its goals.