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Ambassador Luis Gallegos to Be Featured Guest on November 6 ADA Live! Podcast

October 29, 2019
Source: Southeast ADA Center

Luis Gallegos, J.D., the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in New York will be our honored guest on the next ADALive! podcast. Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., University Professor & Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and Ambassador Gallegos will discuss the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention’s Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the CRPD.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an important human rights treaty, asserting that people with disabilities should have equality around the globe. When adopted in 2006, the CRPD was signed by the highest number of countries in the history of UN Conventions. It adopts a broad view of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all human rights apply to persons with disabilities. The CRPD also identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights, areas where their rights have been violated, and areas where protection of rights must be reinforced. Any matter with regard to implementation of the CRPD is considered through the COSP.

In this podcast, Ambassador Gallegos will discuss his role as Chair of the Conference of State Parties, or COSP, and with his unique worldview, share with us what he sees as the successes, challenges, and opportunities for people with disabilities moving forward.

About BBI
The Burton Blatt Institute (“BBI”) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; New York City, NY; and Lexington, KY.

About the Southeast ADA Center
The Southeast ADA Center is a leader in providing information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels. It also conducts research to reduce and eliminate barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency and to increase the civic and social participation of Americans with disabilities. Located in Atlanta, GA, it is a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of Syracuse University and one of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network, funded since 1991 by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

About ADA Live!
ADA Live! is a free monthly podcast produced by the Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. ADA Live! is released and real-time captioning is available on the first Wednesday of each month from 1-1:30 p.m. [Eastern]/Noon-12:30 p.m. [Central]. Leaders in the field share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses. ADA Live! is supported through a fully accessible and interactive website at The public can get up-to-the minute program information, replay past episodes, download ADA topic resources, and submit questions for past and upcoming ADA Live! episodes. Recordings of past episodes, including a transcript, resources and more information, are available at Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“The contents of this podcast were developed under a grant from the Administration for Community Living. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Administration for Community Living, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.”

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