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December 13

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Government & Advocacy

  • 2006 - The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Convention was negotiated during eight sessions of an Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006, making it the fastest negotiated human rights treaty. According to the Convention, "The Convention marks a "paradigm shift" in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as "objects" of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society."[1]


  • 1817 - Arthur Hill Hassall - British physician. Hassall, along with German chemist, Friedrich Accum, were the first to fight the intentional reduction of food and drug quality, known as the adulteration of food which can cause severe illness and disability.[2]

Holidays and Observances

  • Feast Day of St. Lucy - Catholic observance, patron saint of the blind.[1]


  1. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations:Enable. Accessed on February 1, 2008.
  2. "The fight against food adulteration." Royal Society of Chemistry. 2008. Accessed on June 3, 2008.