Today, the United States Senate will vote to ratify the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first international treaty to address disability rights globally. This vote is the culmination of three years of advocacy on the part of disability rights organizations throughout the country, including CEC. You can view our archive of blog stories following this issue by clicking here. CEC would like to thank all of you for your advocacy on this issue.
Unfortunately, there are some people who are actively advocating against this effort despite the fact that the CRPD recognizes fundamental values of non-discrimination and equal access for persons with disabilities in all areas of life, as well as helps protect Americans with disabilities who live, work or travel abroad from discrimination. While this treaty does not change current laws in the United States, it does establish the United States as an international leader in disability rights and embodies the ideals of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. Read CEC's Issue Brief on the CRPD.
With a strong voice, the disability community can defeat the opposition and the United States can join more than 150 other countries that have already ratified the CRPD.