Mongolian Leaders Visit U.S. to Learn About Disability Rights

May 8, 2015
Oyunbaatar Tseden: I came to the U.S. to learn about the history and development of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Batdulam Tumenbayar: We just came from a visit to the public transportation department, where we learned about how public transportations are made accessible to the people with disabilities in America.
Baatarjav Dambadondog: By coming to the U.S., I was able to experience in person what it truly means to exercise one’s rights as an equal citizen and what the words rights should mean.
Batdulam Tumenbayar: In Mongolia, we are working to improve the legal environment for disabled people and as part of that process, we are drafting a law on the rights of the people with disabilities. The main purpose of our visit here is to learn from the U.S. experience to improve our law and to learn about effective implementation mechanisms after the law goes into effect.
Oyunbaatar Tseden: Mongolia’s prevailing attitude towards disability has been based on social welfare. However, now we intend to change this attitude to make it more right-based and more about ensuring people’s rights rather than social welfare benefits. I will do my best to make this happen.