ADA signs

We talked about whether or not there were ADA compliant signs being used outside of the US (or counterparts of these signs being used in other countries) and there are a number of nations that do have a similar act and similar signs in place. Not all the countries of the world do have the best interests and rights of the disabled however. This is a rather sad development and should be addressed as soon as possible.

The current convention that UN member countries adhere to when it comes to the rights of people with disabilities is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This particular convention has, to date, 130 parties, 155 signatories and with quite a few of these countries having ratified it. While a lot of countries have not ratified yet and with only a few countries not having signed this convention, it should not be long before this will become an international law that UN member countries need to adhere to.

Women's Bathroom ADA Signs

The reason why a lot of nations are ratifying, and are looking to get this convention to become an international law, is similar to the reason why the ADA was put in place. This is to give people with disabilities the same rights and opportunities as any able bodied person on the planet. This drive to give people with disabilities equal rights as anyone everywhere is the first human rights instrument for the millennium.

ADA Compliant SignsThis can easily mean that people everywhere are beginning to view people with disabilities ascounterparts and not as charity cases or people who should be pitied. Although some help and alterations may be needed to give them the equal rights that they truly deserve, such as providing them with accessibility options and ADA signs, this does not change the fact that they have the same needs, wants and hopes as each person on the planet. This is why the countries that signed and ratified this convention are trying their best to provide such concessions to these individuals.

It may be safe to say that when you travel outside of the US, you will be able to find accessibility options and ADA signs in most of these countries. You have to remember, people with disabilities live everywhere and travel too. This kind of a development is not only beneficial to them but also to us who may one day find ourselves disabled due to unforeseen circumstances or as a result of our advancing years.