King Of Jordan Receives FDR Disability Award
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 23, 2005
NEW YORK, NEW YORK--Jordan's King Abdullah II accepted the eighth Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award at a United Nations ceremony Wednesday for his country's commitment to equal rights for people with disabilities.
The award is given jointly by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the World Committee on Disability, the international arm of the National Organization on Disability. President Roosevelt's granddaughter, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt presented Wednesday's award, which includes a bust of FDR and $50,000 for an outstanding disability program in Jordan.
"Jordan's successful efforts to eliminate these obstacles stand as an inspiration to all of us," Ms. Roosevelt said.
Jordan is the first country in the Middle East to receive the award. Past recipients include Canada, Ecuador, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, South Korea and Thailand.
According to an NOD release, Jordan passed the "Welfare of People with Disabilities" law in 1993, which introduced building codes aimed at accessibility and "guarantees total integration and inclusion into the life of the community in a wide variety of areas, including education, employment and health care".
Among other things, Jordan provides free health insurance for people with disabilities, pays 90 percent of university tuition for students with disabilities, and uses sign language in mosques and on national television programs.
"In the largest sense, Roosevelt understood that if this earth is to prosper and thrive, all people must have access to the promise," said the king. "He worked to create a better life, not for himself alone, or his country alone, but for the people of the world."
"Jordan wins FDR award" (Jordan Times)
"Jordan Honored With FDR International Disability Award" (National Organization on Disability)