As we commemorate the improvements for individuals with disabilities in recognition of both civil and human rights, we know there are still many who face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from being recognized and respected as equal members of society around the world. To reverse this trend, today people from across the world are promoting the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Visit the United Nations Enable Site to learn more about the theme, events at the UN Headquarters, and events going on worldwide.
Today, 138 countries have signed on to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD is a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities.
In 2009, the United States signed the CRPD and on December 4, 2012, the United States Senate considered the ratification of the CRPD but fell 5 votes short. Two hearings have been held by the Foreign Relations Committee with strong support present for both events to put the treaty back on the table for ratification in the Senate. Read about the previous hearings in the here.
Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by telling the Senate that NOW is the time to ratify the UNCRPD! Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center to send a quick email to your Senators!