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OAS to Provide Technical Assistance to Teletón Mexico on Social and Human Rights Model of Disability

  September 23, 2015

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the President of the Teleton Mexico Foundation, Fernando Landeros, signed on Monday, September 21 a Letter of Intent, with the aim of providing technical assistance and training from the OAS to Teleton Mexico to strengthen a perspective of human rights and non-discrimination in its actions and communications, based on the social model of disability and in the framework of the Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (CIADDIS).

Secretary General Almagro recalled the importance of rehabilitation for an independent life, as well as the need to transform the public treatment of people with disabilities to a context of their positioning as a natural part of human diversity and as citizens of the region. Therefore, and as part of his mission to work for "more rights for more people," he said the objective of the signed cooperation is to "reinvigorate and promote a perspective of rights, social inclusion and equal opportunities for all without discrimination against people with disabilities."

This Letter of Intent between the OAS and Teleton will result in technical assistance from the OAS to help incorporate the social model of disability and the principles of equality and non-discrimination recognized in the CIADDIS and in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into the actions of Teleton. The collaboration will include training and informational events, as well as the development and dissemination of joint communication materials.

Reference: E-300/15