camera-kwwanA news release from the US International Council on Disabilities reports that this week, Michelle Kwan, Olympic figure skater, voiced her support in a video statement for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty. The release states that the treaty is designed to embrace the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities worldwide by facilitating the creation of legislation and policies modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the US International Council on Disabilities, Kwan has been a longtime advocate for the rights of individuals living with disabilities around the world. She serves as a Special Olympics Board Member and senior advisor for the State Department. The release states that in the video statement, Kwan discussed her support for the Disability Treaty, as it would assist in expanding accessibility abroad and provide American athletes with disabilities the same opportunities to travel, train, and compete as Kwan and other athletes have.

Listen to Kwan’s full statement here

To learn more about the treaty, click here

Source: US International Council on Disabilities