I received the following information from Mindfreedom yesterday. And I did hear this on National    Public  Radio.  You may listen to that story here:  U.S. Seeks Senate Help On U.N. Disability Rules All Things Considered, July 24, 2009 ·

The US media top story tonight?

A war of words between the Cambridge police, a Harvard professor and

President Obama.

Distracted by the frenzy, much of the media missed how President Obama

ended his day:

Signing a global UN treaty to protect the human rights of people with

disabilities. Along with many others, MindFreedom played a role in

crafting the treaty inside the United Nations.

Here’s the MindFreedom News Release:


24 July 2009 —


MindFreedom International Thanks President Obama for Support of

UN Treaty on Disability and Human Rights

President Obama marked the 19th anniversary of the Americans with

Disabilities Act by instructing UN Ambassador Susan Rice to sign an

historic United Nations “convention” or treaty next week on disability

and human rights, joining 140 other nations.

“It’s the first new human rights convention of the 21st century,”

Obama said at in the White House East Room.

MindFreedom International — uniting a broad constituency of mental

health consumers, psychiatric survivors, mental health professionals,

advocates and others concerned with fighting for human rights in the

mental health system — praised President Barack Obama’s announcement

about signing the UN International Convention on the Rights of Persons

with Disabilities (CRPD).

Celia Brown, MFI Board president, led a team of MindFreedom members

inside the United Nations during years of meetings to create the

treaty. Celia has been widely praised by cross-disability leaders for

her warm and inclusive community-building at the UN.

Said Celia, “We appreciate that the President is fulfilling the

commitment he made to the Convention during his campaign. His

leadership indicates that human rights can be a cornerstone for people

with disabilities in the United States and around the world.

“The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities represents

a paradigm shift of understanding disability from a medical model to a

social model. The CRPD recognizes the key principles of non-

discrimination, freedom to make one’s own decisions, and to have the

opportunity to be actively involved in policies that effect our lives.”

The MindFreedom International UN Team participated in UN meetings with

a diverse alliance of leaders from disability organizations including

the International Disability Caucus (now the International Disability

Alliance), CRPD Forum and World Network of Users and Survivors of


MindFreedom International was instrumental in conducting workshops

during the UN convention negotiations to educate people with

disabilities and governments on the perspectives of human rights of

users/survivors of psychiatry.

David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International, and a board member

of the United States International Council on Disability (USICD),

said, “We look forward to the Senate reviewing the treaty for

ratification as a significant step to winning human rights for the 650

million people in the worldwide disability community.”

Judy Heumann, former Clinton Administration appointee, board member of

USICD, and participant in the negotiations to draft the treaty, said,

“This treaty reflects the unique insights of disabled people from

around the world. The participation of disabled people in decision-

making about policies affecting our lives is changing the way we are

regarded in our communities and by our governments,”

Susan Rice, the United States State Ambassador to the UN, will

officially sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons wih

Disabilities on July 30, 2009 at the UN Headquarters on July 30, 2009

in New York City.

For further information, please contact : or

Celia Brown at

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