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Reeve in international disabled rights call

2 Oct, 2002
Patrick Greaney

Former Superman actor Christopher Reeve has called on top UN diplomats to adopt an international treaty on disabled rights.

He said that such a treaty would help up to 10% of the world's population who are currently “excluded from their societies."

The actor, who has been a campaigner on disability issues since being paralysed in a riding accident, made the comments while presenting Ecuador with the Franklin D. Roosevelt International Disability Award last week.

He praised Ecuador’s president Gustavo Noboa for his country's “impressive” record on disability inclusiveness and for "making equal opportunities for disabled people a top priority over the last 30 years."

"You have worked hard to include our minority, members of the disabled community, in your society," he told delegates at the prize-giving ceremony.

He said he wished the $50,000 dollar prize could have been "50 times that amount."

Reeve presented the prize alongside Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of the former president who used a wheelchair and after whom the award is named.

"My grandfather proved the ability for a disabled person to positively benefit society," she said.

"He would have been so proud to present this award to Ecuador today."

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