Ratify it - Indiana

July 30, 2013
Source: South Bend Tribune

Ratify it

Over the past several days, in honor of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, organizations representing people with disabilities and individuals with disabilities, have worked to urge the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty. The treaty, modeled after the ADA, offers a vital framework for creating laws and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities.

Ratification will allow the U.S. to maintain its leadership role and legitimacy to export the ADA model abroad, and give the U.S. an opportunity to play an important role in developing disability rights worldwide, without changing any U.S. laws or adding any additional costs to its budget.

What does it mean for U.S. citizens? Americans with disabilities face barriers and discrimination when traveling or studying abroad. By ratifying the CRPD, the U.S. will reduce barriers globally and ensure that Americans have the same access they enjoy in the U.S. when they travel to or study in other countries.

In 2012, ratification of the CRPD failed by just five votes. Indiana Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly have a unique opportunity to show the U.S. supports disability rights throughout the world by voting for ratification of the CRPD. We look forward to thanking them for that support.

John Dickerson

Executive director

The Arc of Indiana

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