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The 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The 70<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on December 10, 2018. The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities joins this international celebration with four website features, one released each month beginning in September as we countdown to the December 2018 anniversary.

Part 1

We invite you to watch Eleanor Roosevelt reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations. 

The Declaration includes 30 separate Articles. For September, we are highlighting the following Articles:

Article 1:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. 

Article 6:
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7:
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

 Article 19:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.  

 Article 20:

  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21:

  1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  2. Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.
  3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

The entire Declaration can be reviewed at

The United Nation invites you to add your own voice to this celebration and a multilingual collection of voices at:

To see how Minnesota is doing, the Council conducted four separate Quality of Life surveys between 2000 and 2015: See a Summary of the Quality of Life Surveys. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains aspirational for many Minnesotans with developmental disabilities.


The 70<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on December 10, 2018.  The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities joins this international celebration with four website features, one released each month beginning in September as we countdown to the December 2018 anniversary.

This is the second in a four part series of features leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 2018. Since October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we invite you to celebrate the gains that have been made to foster inclusive work environments, and recognize the contributions that employers and delivery systems are making to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities.

In keeping with that spirit, the Declaration includes an Article that emphasizes the totality of the work experience in terms of the rights of all workers:

Article 23

  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.  
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. 
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. 
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests. 

Nathan Barclay is a self taught pianist. He doesn't read music, but has a repertoire of over 60 pieces that he plays as a "Master of the Keys." He secured a job at Menards in St. Paul to add a musical element for shoppers. WCCO television carried his story to help promote meaningful work for individuals with disabilities and as part of the national effort to increase awareness about employment.

Governor Mark Dayton has issued a Proclamation recognizing October 2018 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Join the social media campaign, #Standup4human rights, that aims to engage a broad base of audiences the world over; to help promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers us all; and encourage further reflection on the ways that each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

Minnesota Public Attitudes Surveys

Over a ten year period, Minnesota households were surveyed on three separate occasions about their attitudes toward companies that hire people with disabilities. In each survey, Minnesotans gave high respect at the levels of 97%, 97% and 92% to companies that hired people with disabilities. Review the key findings from the Minnesota general attitudes surveys that were conducted in 2007, 2012, and 2017 at summary-public-attitude-surveys.pdf.

For More Information About Employment Resources:

Executive Order 14-14 – On August 4, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 14-14, Providing for Increased State Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. From 1999 to 2013, the percentage of state employees who identified themselves as having a disability had declined from 10% to less than 4%. Governor Dayton charged all state agencies to increase that employment rate to at least 7% by August 2018. In July 2018, the 7% goal was reached.

Employment Success Stories – The Discovery Process is an information gathering tool that involves seven stages of learning about a person's interests and skills that will lead to better matches with employment opportunities, or shape job possibilities that will be successful, productive, and rewarding for the individual.  Over 30 employment success stories demonstrate the results of using the Discovery Process approach.

Meet the Future Face of Employment – The technology fields offer a broad range of jobs and careers for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Parents, educators, VR staff, and employers can take specific actions to facilitate the education, training, and employment processes.

Project SEARCH – Student interns are provided work opportunities and practical learning experiences to enhance their academic preparation and expose them to the world of work. There are currently six Project SEARCH sites in Minnesota – Medtronic, Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic.

Partners in Employment – This online course gives people with developmental disabilities the practical skills needed to find real, competitive employment in the  community. Learn to recognize your personal strengths, skills, and interests; and how technology skills can be useful to find meaningful employment. Create a resume or portfolio that presents you and your abilities in the best light. Learn about the hiring process and how to prepare for a successful job interview.

It's My Choice – A REVISED edition, released in 2017, made significant improvements in navigation and the usability of the guides and checklists. The concept and principles of person centered planning are interwoven throughout and one of the first checklists is the Person Centered Plan. For anyone who needs and uses services and supports to meet their personal life goals, including employment and beginning with transition students, this tool encourages their involvement and active participation in planning meetings.

Moments in Disability History – The ADA Legacy Project preserved and promoted the history of the ADA and the disability rights movement. A monthly series of "Moments in Disability History" recognized the leaders in the movement and significant events that resulted in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employment issues were specifically addressed in "Moments" about Civil Rights, Section 504 Regulations, Stories of Discrimination (including US Representative Tony Coelho's story), and Stories from No Pity.

Disability Justice Resource Center – Courts are beginning to recognize the connection between the discriminatory treatment of people with disabilities and constitutional issues. The Resource Center was created to help members of the legal community better understand complex disability justice issues for people with disabilities, and identify and eliminate biases against people with disabilities including in the area of employment. Noteworthy are US District Court Judge Donovan Frank's presentation, "Developmental Disabilities and Equal Justice Under the Law, Including Employment and Diversity," and interviews with experts in the field about the fundamental legal rights of people with disabilities that relate to the Constitution.

The 2017 Minnesota Racial & Ethnic Survey of Attitudes Towards People with Developmental Disabilities – This survey shows strong public support for employment and the high level of respect for companies that employ people with developmental disabilities. Survey reults showed the importance of vocational counseling to help people with developmental disabilities get a better paying job, internships, on the job assistance so people can work in regular businesses, as well as training services for employers. The insights and perceptionds of respondents can help inform policy decisions about employment, emphasizing the greater integration and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in a broad range of businesses. View Survey as Text Only

Employer Survey (2005) – A customer-focused study of 600 Minnesota employers (businesses that employed individuals with disabilities and businesses that didn't) was conducted to identify and measure issues and perceptions that constitute barriers to employment for individual with disabilities.   View Survey as Text 

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