Hurry! Support the Conventional Rights of Persons with Disabilities! The Senate Votes Tomorrow!

capitol.jpgThe final vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2012, so NOW is the time to continue to tell Senators to vote YES on the treaty! The Conventional Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Treaty #112-7) is a treaty that describes the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities — including those with learning disabilities. The treaty embodies the ideals that form the basis of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): empowering persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens. It implements the ADA principles in a global way at no cost. The ratification requires no change to U.S. law and it is good for U.S. businesses.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities, over 165 disability organizations, and 21 veteran’s groups support the Conventional Rights of Persons with Disabilities because it is critical in maintaining the U.S. leadership role and to eliminating disability discrimination throughout the world. There is bi-partisan support by Senators McCain, Moran, Barrasso, Durbin (original sponsor), Harkin, Coons, and Udall. The CRPD protects Americans with disabilities, including our growing population of veterans, and their ability to work, travel, study, live, and retire outside of the United States.

Take Action Now

1. Call your Senator and say:
  • I support the CRPD treaty and I want to see him/her vote in support of the treaty this year!
  • The CRPD will not cost the Federal Government any additional funds.
  • The CRPD has been reviewed by both Republican and Democratic Attorneys General and by past Counsel to Presidents. They confirm that it does not threaten the sovereignty of the U.S. nor does it require any new legislation to comply with the treaty.
  • By ratifying CRPD the United States is not undertaking any international obligations inconsistent with current domestic U.S. law.
  • This treaty is good for American business and for the world. It will allow us to bring our knowledge of making a society accessible to the whole world.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY - This treaty is very important to the U.S. disability community! Following U.S. ratification of the treaty, U.S. leadership will help raise accessibility around the world, directly helping Americans with disabilities who live, work, or travel abroad.

Call the Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or you can find out specific Senate office phone numbers here.

2. If a Senator voted yes to considering the treaty, please contact them to thank them for their prior vote and ask them to vote yes for ratification.

If a Senator voted no to considering the treaty, please ask them to vote Yes for the rights of persons with disabilities.

The votes of Senators on whether to consider the treaty (the motion to proceed) is available here: CRPD Procedural Motion Vote Count.