Mian Wang of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara delivered the talk “Quality of Life Studies on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families in China: Implications for Policy and Practice” to the Harvard Law School Project on Disability on October 9. In addition to delivering the talk, while in Cambridge Wang discussed his role as a research collaborator in a project under preparation in China led by the Harvard Project on Disability and funded by the Ford Foundation and other private funders. The project is to aim at the implementation of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, of which China is a signatory, in rural areas of China.
The central mission of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This landmark human rights treaty mandates that persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights as all other persons. The United Nations adopted this agreement in December 2006, and it became binding international law in May 2008. HPOD works to strengthen civil society and empower all people to make the changes needed in their communities to promote disability human rights. Much action is needed to ensure full equality for people with disabilities, including: raising awareness about these rights; promoting positive attitudes within and toward people with disabilities; writing and enforcing new national laws and policies; and undertaking inclusive development.
Mian Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education, specializing in Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Patras, Greece, in Applied Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive Development of Children with Intellectual Disabilities as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Special Education with an emphasis on Family and Disability Policy. Wang has 12 years experience working in the field of disability and special education in several countries such as Canada, China, Greece, and the United States. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology in China. His research interests include: child and family outcomes of early childhood services, family-professional partnership, atypical child development, positive behavioral support in cultural context, and disability policy.
[Mian Wang is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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