Best Buddies supports ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


July was a very exciting month as the U.S. moved forward with its ratification process of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This international disability treaty affirms the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including equality, independence, and dignity.

Ratifying the treaty would allow the U.S. to formally participate in this important discussion around global disability rights. Best Buddies is proud to join disability rights groups from across the country in supporting U.S. ratification of this treaty.

When the Senate is back in session in September, a bipartisan group of champions including Senators McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Kerry (D-MA), Barrasso (R-WY), Harkin (D-IA), Udall (D-NM), Moran (R-KS), and Coons (D-DE) will lead the treaty to its final vote on the Senate floor.

Action:
Call and visit your U.S. senators and ask them to commit to vote YES on the CRPD!

Message:
“The disability community supports the CRPD and it is important to have your vote.  Senator, will you support the disability treaty?”

Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for your senators.

Want more information about the CRPD? Visit the U.S. International Council on Disabilities: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/crpdupdates

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About Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International

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