November 08, 2008

Advocating for American Leadership on Inclusive Tourism

President Barack Obama has taken e-governance to heart and launched a policy development campaign at

But we as the disability community have another channel. It is the Obama Disability Policy Committee. Obama has promised to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - and Article 30 deals explicitly with tourism. Below is a letter being circulated by ReunifyGally

It is time for people with disabilities, our loved ones, our neighbors, and colleagues to join together, across ideological divides, to reach out to Obama. We should all send an email to Kareem Dale, Obama’s National Disability Vote Director (at, with copies to Anne Hayes, a volunteer on the Obama Disability Policy Committee at (

First, we should thank Obama — and also Kareem Dale — for mentioning
people with disabilities in Obama’s acceptance speech on November 4.
Ensure that they understand how much it matters simply for us to be
included. How did you feel when Obama mentioned us? Share your story.

Second, we should tell Obama and Kareem Dale that we are aware of
Obama’s disability platform. He promised Americans with disabilities that he would:

Increase educational opportunities
End discrimination
Increase employment opportunities
Support independent, community-based living

And he promised to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first international, legally-binding human rights treaty for people with disabilities. Article 30 of the CRPD is the section that all my focus is on – tourism and disability.

Tell Obama and Kareem Dale that we are ready to call the President to account if he
fails us. But more importantly, we are ready to work with him for change for people with disabilities.

It is important to send your disability-related emails to BOTH Kareem Dale AND Anne Hayes ( AND between now and inauguration day. Kareem Dale’s email address may change between now and January 20, 2009. Anne Hayes can help ensure
that emails sent to Kareem Dale are not lost during this time of transition.

Both Kareem Dale and others who have worked on disability issues within the Obama campaign are ready to receive YOUR emails on disability-related issues for US President-elect Obama. Emails are
welcome from across the United States and around the world. If you are a US citizen, then please say so in your email.

Learn more about Obama’s plan for people with disabilities at:

Yes, the video is captioned. And if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can download Obama’s Full Plan for people with disabilities in PDF format (62 Kb).

Read Obama’s acceptance speech at:

Want to read someone else’s letter to Obama before you write your own?
Come to:

Learn more about the CRPD at
For a break out CRPD Article 30 see this article.

If you wish to contact Obama’s staff on some topic other than
disability, then you can send an email via his web page at

Please circulate this email freely, or post this at your own blog or
web site.

This text was first posted at The most updated version will be there,
so please consult before cross-posting.
“It is the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat
and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay,
straight, DISABLED and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to
the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue
States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”

~ President-Elect Barack Obama
Acceptance speech, November 4, 2008; emphasis added

Posted by rollingrains at November 8, 2008 10:50 PM