You can make a difference! Help support the Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities, also known as the Disability Treaty.
Encourage your senators to VOTE YES to ratify the Disability Treaty (CRPD) on Tuesday, November 5th. The ratification of the Treaty will allow the United States to continue in it’s global leadership on disability rights.
What is the Disability Treaty and CRPD?
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international disability treaty that was inspired by the U.S. to recognize the rights of people with disabilities. It is the framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that fully support and embrace the rights of all people with disabilities.
The CRPD was based off the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which safeguards the right for independence and respect, along with the concept of reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.
The United States signed the CRPD in 2009, but in December of 2012, the ratification of the CRPD fell short by five votes. It is back again with strong commitment by the CRPD’s Senate leaders to achieve ratification in the 113th Congress.
We need our Senators to fight for the 57.8 million Americans with disabilities and the 5.5 million disable American veterans, as well as the one billion people with disabilities around the world. We need to have CRPD ratified this year.
Learn more about the Disability Treaty and why it’s important for everyone.
How Can You Help?
To achieve ratification, they need your support! Go to Disability Treaty for an easy to use call to action center, where you will find the tools you need to call and write letters to your senator.
Don’t forget to also sign a petition in support of the treaty.
It’s not too late! Now is the time to write your letters in support of the treaty and send them to the Foreign Relations Committee. The vote is on Tuesday, November 5th!