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State Department Foreign Affairs Officer Discusses Advocating For Disability Rights Through Diplomacy

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Advancing Disability Rights Advocacy: Building Global Coalitions Through People-to-People Diplomacy
Kristin Fleschner, a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, discusses her experience losing her sight in her twenties and advocating for disability rights in the U.S. She highlights her recent meeting with Guyanese radio host and disability advocate Leroy Phillips, who lost his vision at age 6 and “who was visiting the United States from Guyana to give a presentation at the World Bank on disability-inclusive development” (7/25).

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