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Open House Honoring Special Olympics Resounding Success

Dr. Timothy Shriver and Melissa Joy Reilly receive HPOD Award on behalf of Special Olympics

Over 100 students, faculty and advocates gathered in Austin 101 midday on September 17th to watch as HPOD Faculty Director, Professor William P. Alford and Executive Director Professor Michael A. Stein award Special Olympics the annual Harvard Law School Project on Disability Award for Creative Contributions to Human Betterment.   Receiving …

Harvard Law Today interviews Professor William Alford

HPOD marks the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics

Check out excerpts below from Harvard Law Today's interview with Professor William Alford or read the whole interview here. Fifty years ago, the Special Olympics was founded as a summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Over the past five decades, it has grown to a global movement, working in more than 170 countries on a daily ba…

For Immediate Release: The Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) will bestow its fifth annual HPOD Award for the Betterment of Humanity

to Special Olympics on the occasion of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 31, 2018 CONTACT: Juliet Bowler | jbowler@law.harvard.edu | 617-495-3142     The Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) will bestow its fifth annual HPOD Award for the Betterment of Humanity to Special Olympics on the occasion of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary.   FREE AND OPEN T…

Disability Law and Perceptions of Fakery: The Need to Restore Public Trust in Rights

A blog post by Doron Dorfman

Doron Dorfman is the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow | Lecturer, Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University; JSD Candidate, Stanford Law School We all frequently encounter disability rights and accommodations created by progressive legislation intended to allow Americans with disabilities to take an active part in…

Considering Empowerment: Stories of Self-Advocacy from South Africa

Dr. Jean Elphick speaks at HPOD

A group of determined mothers tirelessly campaign for their children’s rights to free, inclusive education. Children from a school for learners with educational support needs become the leaders in a peer education movement to teach young people about human rights. Using posters and colour, children raise their voices to break the ‘consp…

Welcome

Welcome to the new Harvard Law School Project on Disability website. HPOD was founded in 2004 to advance the understanding and implementation of disability law, policy, and education around the world. On this site, you’ll find information about the work HPOD does in the U.S. and abroad; information about our events and publications; communit…

HPOD supports European Independent Living

HPOD Executive Director Michael Stein will present remarks at a side-session convened during the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development.

HPOD wins CRPD Voting Rights Victory

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issued a landmark decision on the voting rights of persons with intellectual disabilities.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issued a landmark decision on the voting rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. The Committee held that disenfranchisement of persons with disabilities is unacceptable under the CRPD, ordered Hungary to repeal its Basic Law and voting legislation, and required it to …

HPOD supports UNICEF Global Partnership

HPOD will participate as a Member in the second round of UNICEF’s Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities. HPOD Executive Director Michael Stein will present remarks.

Senate rejects United Nations treaty for disabled rights in a 61-38 vote

A United Nations treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities went down to defeat in the Senate on Tuesday in a 61-38 vote.

The treaty, backed by President Obama and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation as dozens of Senate Republicans objected that it would create new abortion rights and impede the ability of people to homeschool disabled children. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) argued th…