Celebrating International Day of Disability and the International Children with Disabilities Protection Act

When:  Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 3:30-5 PM (please arrive early to go through security)

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SDG-11, 50 Constitution Ave. NE

Accessible visitor’s entrance: 1st & C St. NE

Accommodations: Sign language will be available

Reception:  Refreshments before/after panel discussion

Contact:  Eric Rosenthal, Disability Rights International, [email protected] 



Please complete the RSVP form found HERE*. RSVP required no later than Nov.30, 2022


By shoring up our resources to amplify the voices and bolster the work of those fighting for the rights of children with disabilities globally, this legislation represents a significant step forward in advancing disability rights and achieving lasting reform.Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

Children with disabilities deserve a place in society where they are respected, loved, and treated with basic human dignity. This legislation helps protect the most vulnerable children around the globe and gives them opportunities to succeed by keeping them out of harmful institutions and supporting their families.Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)


Millions of children with disabilities around the world are placed in institutions and left to grow up without the love and support of a family. The vast majority have a parent or extended family member -- who would keep their children if they had the support to do so. People with disabilities and their family members are eager to bring about change in their own societies to ensure that children with disabilities can live and grow up with their families. The bipartisan International Children with Disabilities Protection Act, which was introduced by Senators Menendez and Moran, with additional co-sponsors, seeks to bolster U.S. support for children with disabilities and to support activists and reformers who work on their behalf.  

More than 100 disability and children’s groups have endorsed the bill. Please join us to learn more in person to learn more. A recording of the event will be posted to our facebook page and website.


Speakers:       Senators Robert Menendez & Jerry Moran

Moderator:    Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, Disability Rights International

DRI Video:    People with disabilities and parents from around the world speak out


  • Isabel Hodge, Executive Director, US International Council on Disability (USICD);
  • The Honorable Judy Heumann, former Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and former State Department Special Advisor on International Disability Rights
  • Leonardo Hosh, Associate Vice President for Child Protection and Education, World Vision; and
  • Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey); Executive Director, National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment (National PLACE).


Sponsored by Disability Rights International

and the US International Council on Disabilities


In partnership with:

Foundation for Systemic Change

Children’s Policy and Funding Initiative at Tides

National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment (PLACE)

Rita and Charles Bronfman