Today is the Best Buddies Action Day for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

The opposition has stated that the disability community is uninformed and does not really support the disability rights treaty.  We need every U.S. Senate member to be contacted and to know that Best Buddies is part of the movement for U.S. ratification of this international disability treaty and our voice matters! Get your friends, family, and work colleagues to make calls, email, and Facebook today to show support!

CONTACTS: Go to to find contact information for your Senators.

Tell your Senators:

  • I support the CRPD treaty and I want to see you 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.
  • 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.

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About Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International

5 responses to “Today is the Best Buddies Action Day for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!”

  1. Abigail Harlan (@AbigailPHarlan) says :

    I called my senator and you should too!

  2. John David Arroyo says :

    Done! Let’s show the opposition that we are informed and support this treaty. Can’t stress how important this is for everyone. DO IT!

  3. Sharon Wachsler says :

    This is the first I’ve heard of this. WHY is it called “Best Buddies”? That name sorta turns my stomach as it reminds me of all the patronizing attitudes towards people with disabilities. Clarification, please?

    • Best Buddies says :

      The mission of Best Buddies is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The phrase “Best Buddies” is very common amongst friends, and we think it’s the perfect way to describe the kind of life and attitude-changing friendships our programs help create. We encourage you to visit our website at, or check out our Facebook page at to learn more about us. Thanks 🙂

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