We wanted to make you aware of the following. U.S. citizens can show their support for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by signing the United States International Council on Disabilities’s (USICD) letter of support. They are also asking that people from all 50 states call or email their senators and ask them to please support CRPD ratification.
What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a treaty that describes the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. The treaty embodies the American ideals that form the basis of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): empowering persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens.
For more information about the Convention click here.
How to write your senators:
The US Senate will be holding a hearing on Thursday, July 12, 2012, on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Hearing from their constituents will make a big impact.
Find contact information for your senators here.
Simply convey this message to your senators: “Senator, I am a constituent of your state and I support the CRPD Treaty #112-7. Please attend the July 12th hearing and support the disability treaty to move it to a vote in time for the ADA Anniversary on July 26th.”
Please remember that contacting your senator is something to do in addition to also signing on to the USICD letter of support for the CRPD. You may
sign on to the letter as an individual US citizen on your own behalf or
an authorized individual may sign on to the letter on behalf of an organization.