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December 3 is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act protects rights in the US, what protections exist around the globe? Are there policies that protect a child in Ethiopia born with hearing loss? Or a Venezuelan woman who lost the use of her legs in an automobile accident? What about a teenager in Senegal born with Down syndrome?

Sarah Hillyer

UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society has created the Global Disability Rights Map, an interactive map that visualizes the rights of people with disabilities throughout the world. The map shows how interdisciplinary efforts from governments, parasports, and local initiatives can advance human rights. It can also serve to empower those who want to create policies that protect people with disabilities.

Carolyn Spellings

In The Conversation, Sarah Hillyer, director of the center, and Carolyn Spellings, chief of evaluation, research, and accountability, discussed the details of the interactive map and how the center is changing the world through sports. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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