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What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international disability treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities.  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.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was the model for the CRPD, which values of independence and respect and concept of reasonable accommodation are echoed throughout the treaty. 

The United States signed the CRPD in 2009.  On December 4, 2012 the United States Senate considered the ratification of the CRPD but fell 5 votes short of the super-majority vote required (ratification of a treaty requires a 2/3 vote of the U.S. Senate).  The media coverage of the Senate’s failure to ratify the disability treaty has been overwhelming and the CRPD’s Senate leaders, the disability community and its allies remain committed to bringing the treaty up in the 113th Congress.

Please visit the Quick Links on the right sidebar to learn more about the treaty and to get the latest updates on the ratification process in the United States!