Biden Appoints Sara Minkara as US Special Advisor on International Rights of Persons with Disabilities

President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MORE announced Thursday that it has appointed Sara Minkara to serve as the United States’ special adviser on the international rights of persons with disabilities.

The senior position, which is located within the State Department, is intended to lead the US strategy when it comes to promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities throughout the US and in the department. , according a statement from the White House.

Minkara, who lost her sight when she was seven, is the founder and board member of Empowerment Through Integration, a non-profit organization she founded while still an undergraduate student.

The group, according to the White House, works to “disrupt the narrative surrounding disability by empowering young people with disabilities individually and accelerating authentic inclusion globally.”

Previous President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Biden is finishing what Obama started with early learning Cotton tells Garland: ‘Thank goodness you’re not on the Supreme Court’ Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: Midterm elections have begun MORE created the position of Special Advisor on International Rights of Persons with Disabilities, elevating Judith Heumann to the position in 2010. The position was not filled during the Trump administration, according to CNN.

The White House said Minkara’s appointment to the State Department position is “more necessary than ever,” noting that COVID-19, climate change and “political unrest disproportionately impact people with disabilities. “.

“Discrimination against people with disabilities hampers economic development, limits democracy and erodes societies. With Sara’s leadership, the United States can play an important role in meeting these challenges and mitigating their damaging impacts on people with disabilities around the world, ”added the White House.

Minkara graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard Kennedy School. She previously advised various academic, government, and policy groups on issues related to disability, gender, interpersonal dynamics, inclusion, and entrepreneurship, including the United Nations and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program, according to the White House.

Minkara, in an interview with CNN, emphasized the importance of thinking about people with disabilities, who are one-seventh of the world’s population.

“One seventh of the world’s population, one billion people, are people with disabilities. And if we are not thinking of that community when we talk about foreign policy and politics in general, that means that we are really ignoring 1/7 of our world population, “said Minkara.

She told the network that she is optimistic that her business experience will give her the opportunity to “turn things around” at the State Department and offer a new perspective.

“When you think of disability, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It’s oh, I suppose, poor you: people suffer, struggle, burden, incapable, less, a complement, expensive. All these different things, right? Minkara said.

“The second layer of that narrative could be, oh, we have to educate and we have to employ, we have to include people because it’s the right thing to do,” he added. “I want to get to a point where our society says that disability is a value for us as a society, and when we don’t include it, we lose its value. When we don’t include people with disabilities, it is a loss for us. “

Minkara’s appointment was made during National Disability Employment Month.

The Hill approached Minkara for comment.

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