Disability Rights Pioneer to visit Trinidad

Port of Spain April 22, 2015:  John Wodatch, one of the drafters of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), will visit Trinidad and Tobago from April 26 to May 1.  He will meet with leaders of the government, civil society, and the disability community to help advance legislative reforms to improve disability inclusion in Trinidad and Tobago.  His visit is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, in partnership with the UNDP.

Wodatch is a disability rights attorney, specializing in the ADA and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  He served for 42 years in the U.S. government, where he authored the government’s comprehensive disability rights regulations.  He created and led the Department of Justice’s section in charge of enforcing the ADA.  He’s been described by the Washington Post as “a pivotal behind-the-scenes player during the past four decades in breaking down discriminatory barriers for tens of millions of people with disabilities.”

Presently, Wodatch works with governments all over the world seeking to improve their legal frameworks for disability inclusion.

During the visit, Wodatch will meet with several government leaders and hold roundtable talks with civil society and the private sector.  Wodatch will also address a luncheon of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain on Thursday, April 30.