Support the CRPD

IMG_1212Jessica Cox is working with Handicap International USA and many other organizations to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — the CRPD. This landmark international treaty extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to the one billion people worldwide who are considered disabled.

The United States signed the CRPD in 2009. On December 4, 2012 the United States Senate considered the ratification of the CRPD but fell 5 votes short of the super majority vote required. The media coverage of the Senate’s failure to ratify the disability treaty has been overwhelming and the CRPD’s Senate leaders remain committed to bringing the disability treaty up in the 113th Congress.

What is the “Disability Treaty?”
The Disability Treaty (known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,“CRPD”) is an international treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities.

Why should the Senate vote for ratification?
The Senate needs to fight for the 57.8 million Americans with disabilities, 5.5 million disabled American veterans, and the 1 billion people with disabilities around the world and vote to ratify the CRPD.

Who supports ratification of the disability treaty?
Ratification of the CRPD is supported by hundreds of disability organizations, civil rights groups, faith organizations, veterans groups, and major business groups including the Chamber of Commerce.
Add your name or your organization to the list of supporters.

What is the urgency?
In December of 2012, the treaty fell only 5 votes short of ratification and had strong bi-partisan support. Now, the Senate is getting an opportunity that doesn’t come along often in Washington—a second chance to do the right thing and ratify the CRPD.

What can I do to help?
Let your U.S. Senators know that you support the CRPD. Sign the petition at: