Perkins believes the human rights of every individual - regardless of his or her disability - must include equitable access to educational and training opportunities. Unfortunately, governments in many developing countries lack policies to support these services for children with disabilities.
Perkins helps build awareness among educators, administrators, government officials, communities, and families on the importance of educating children with disabilities and on ways to empower children and integrate them fully into society.
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Advocating for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty for the Blind and Print Disabled.
Perkins is committed to ensuring equal rights for all citizens who are blind. The WIPO Treaty asks every nation to revise their copyright laws so braille and audio books can be produced for millions of people around the world who are blind. Perkins supports this treaty because it will promote access to information, education, employment and overall participation in society.
Advocacy for policies supporting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Perkins helps to create opportunities for people with disabilities by advocating at national and international levels to develop and implement effective policies, consistent with the UN CRPD.
Parents are the most important advocates for their children's rights. Perkins fosters the development and support of parent organizations, helping them advocate for increased funding for services at the national level.