Latest Updates and Alerts

The relaunched DisabilityTreaty.Org contains a new citizen action portal to make it easier than ever for you to reach your Senator with calls, letters, e-mails, petitions and social media!

TAKE ACTION HERE!

National Youth/Student CRPD Teleconference Call

Are you ready to be involved with the national movement for international disability rights?  If so, you are invited to join the next national teleconference call for student and youth advocates at U.S. colleges/universities.  This call will be on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 4 pm EST (3 pm Central Time, 1 pm Pacific Time).  CART (live text transcription on line) will be available.

So far, 143 countries have ratified the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  But the U.S. has not yet joined them.  This has the potential to slow down advances in disability rights in other countries around the world.  We need student and youth volunteers and other campus leaders at U.S. colleges/universities to help change that.  People like YOU – and we need you NOW if we are going to pass the CRPD in 2014! 

If you’re new to the Disability Treaty, learn the basics in this one-page flyer at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager and visit http://disabilitytreaty.orgThen join the call on April 23rd to learn the latest news about the national movement for U.S. ratification of the CRPD.  Find out what other advocates have been doing at U.S. colleges and universities to support the movement.  Bring your energy, idealism, and passion to the call!  Let us help you consider how you can help!

Please contact Andrea Shettle at ashettle@usicd.org to learn how to dial into the April 23rd call or how to connect to the on-line CART service (live text transcription of the call).  Or, if you cannot join this call, please still contact Andrea to receive materials that can help you think about ways to support the national movement.  Join forces with advocates across the country!  Together, we have POWER!

Call for Volunteers for Disability Treaty Advocacy!

Dear Prospective Volunteers and Disability Human Rights Advocates:

Did you know that the United States has been missing out on an important opportunity to support human rights for one billion people with disabilities around the world?

The first international human rights treaty to address people with disabilities is trapped in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  This “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), has been ratified by 141 other countries.  But the United States hasn’t joined them.  And we cannot join them until the Foreign Relations Committee takes action on the Disability Treaty.  

We need students and campus leaders at U.S. colleges and universities to be involved in the national movement for U.S. ratification of the CRPD.  You can learn more about the treaty at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager.

How can I help?

The easiest way to start is by visiting http://disabilitytreaty.org.  Learn more about what the “Disability Treaty” is and why it matters.  Use the action center to guide you through your first phone calls or emails to key Senators.  Ask them to re-start the negotiation process on the CRPD and move the treaty toward ratification.

We are seeking YOUR STORY to put a FACE to CRPD ratification efforts.  Have you tried to travel abroad for study, work, or recreation and had disability-related challenges?  Please contact Rhonda Neuhaus at rneuhaus@dredf.org or share at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

If you’re ready to do more, you can reach out to Andrea Shettle at ashettle@usicd.org.  She can send you a packet with more information on how to get started, including dial-in and CART instructions for how you can join the next national teleconference call for U.S. students and other campus leaders.  These regular calls include updates on the national movement for CRPD ratification and enable participants to exchange ideas for taking action.

Save these dates on your calendar for upcoming national calls:

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central time, 1 pm Pacific time)
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central time, 1pm Pacific time)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central time, 1pm Pacific time)

2nd CRPD Hearing in the SFRC

stickerSecond Hearing on the Disability Treaty Draws Big Crowd 

On Thursday, November 21, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held the second of two hearings on the Disability Treaty, and our community turned out in great numbers again!  Advocates representing the broad and diverse coalition in favor of the treaty were present at the hearing to show their support.

Thank you!  Your Energy Has Brought the Treaty This Far! 

A large crowd framed in a marble doorway stretched into the distance down a white hallwayA highlight of the event was the delivery to the committee of a petition with over 67,000 signatures from across the country calling for ratification. This number continues to grow, add your name at www.disabilitytreaty.org.

Marca Bristo, President of the US International Council on Disabilities, was energized by the turnout at the second hearing and encouraged by the substantive discussion of the treaty. Ms. Bristo remarked, "I'm thrilled and gratified that we have had such a robust turnout for this hearing. Those present today represented the strength, diversity, and commitment of our community. Our coalition reflects America and the millions of Americans with disabilities, professionals, veterans, and religious and civil rights organizations who both need and want the Disability Treaty to be ratified.  I would like to thank Secretary Kerry and Chairman Menendez for their continued leadership and support on this crucial treaty."  

All of those present voiced the hope felt by many in the disability, civil rights, veteran, business, and faith communities that the U.S. Senate would take this rare second chance to do the right thing and vote to ratify the treaty. Witnesses speaking on behalf of the treaty included Secretary of State John Kerry, Frances W. West, Worldwide Director of IBM's Human Ability and Accessibility Center, and C. Boyden Gray, attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union.

Secretary of State John Kerry said, "I still believe what I believed the first time - that ratification of the Disabilities Treaty will advance core American values, expand opportunities for our citizens and businesses, and strengthen American leadership. And I am still convinced that we give up nothing by joining but get everything in return. Our ratification doesn't require a single change to American law, and it won't add a penny to our budget. But it will provide the hook we need to push other countries to raise their laws and standards for the protection of people with disabilities to the standard we set at home under President George H.W. Bush and Republican Leader Dole when we passed the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Frances W. West, Worldwide Director of IBM's Human Ability and Accessibility Center, said "As with many other societal issues, the U.S. has served as a model for the rest of the world. Ratifying the CRPD is the next logical step in our journey towards full societal inclusion of Americans with disabilities. It will also preserve our leadership role in promoting the rights and employment of persons with disabilities worldwide, and create new global market opportunities for U.S. businesses."

C. Boyden Gray, attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union said, "The concepts and principles that were developed during the Reagan Administration and then codified in the ADA during the Bush 41 Administration are now at the heart of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The U.S. delegation that worked at the UN during the Administration of President George W. Bush made sure that the new Disabilities Treaty followed the time-tested approaches of American disability law. The Disabilities Treaty is the next logical step after the ADA."

USICD will be back in touch with updates as soon as we have them.  In the meantime, please keep sending friends and family to www.disabilitytreaty.org

 

and using Twitter to keep the momentum! 

 

#ISupportCRPD

1st CRPD Hearing in the SFRC

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held the first of two hearings on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international disability treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities worldwide

Activists representing the broad coalition in favor of the treaty were present at the hearing to show their support. In addition to filling up the hearing room with supporters of the treaty, advocates also filled two additional overflow rooms. 

To see a video of the whole hearing, click HERE.

Marca Bristo, President of the US International Council on Disabilities was energized by the turnout at the hearing and encouraged by the substantive discussion of the treaty. Ms. Bristo remarked, “I’m thrilled and gratified that we have had such a robust turnout for the first hearing. Those present today represented the strength, diversity, and commitment of our community. Our coalition reflects America and the millions of Americans with disabilities, professionals, veterans, and religious and civil rights organizations who both need and want the Disability Treaty to be ratified."  

A woman in a suit leans over from her wheelchair to speak with a man seated in a suitSenator Mark Kirk said, “America must remain the voice for the voiceless – the leader to end disability-based discrimination and exclusion throughout the world…”

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth said, “When Veterans travel abroad, we are often jolted by leaving a country that does everything in its power to support our Wounded Warriors. We often travel to places that have no idea how to accommodate someone with an artificial limb, guide stick, or wheelchair. We Wounded Warriors have done our job serving our country. Many of us sacrificed a great deal in doing so...”

Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh said, “Fortunately, the Disabilities Convention is an embodiment of the nondiscrimination principles developed in the United States…”

90 Seconds of Your Time Can Change the World -- Click the "Take Action!" Link

Ask your Senators to Ratify CRPD!
Take Action!

A group of people with and without wheelchairs, service dogs and canes stand in fron of a red brick building hopding large letters that spell CRPDThe UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by more than 100 countries, is an international disability treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities. It 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), which values independence, respect, and the vital concept of reasonable accommodation, was the model for the CRPD and those ideals are echoed throughout the treaty. The U.S. Senate failed to ratify the treaty last December by just a few votes but the treaty will be considered again soon.

SourceAmerica and many other national disability organizations support the CRPD because it ensures that people with disabilities are treated with respect and dignity.

It is important that Senators and the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hear from you today.  While individuals from all states should take action, support messages are most critical from Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee.

Please contact your Senators to express your support of the CRPD and ask them to move forward with ratification.

CRPD and the International Week of the Deaf

September 23-27

Deaf people around the world will soon celebrate the International Week of the Deaf from September 23 to 27 this month.  Deaf organizations in more than 100 countries will organize events, marches, debates, and campaigns to highlight human rights issues that affect deaf people.  This year, the theme of the International Week of the Deaf is Deaf Equality. 

During that week, USICD is joining with our friends at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and other partners to support the international disability treaty—known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  We will need YOU and YOUR help—deaf people, our families, our friends, interpreters, and other allies.  Some groups of people like you will meet with individual senators in DC to ask them to support the CRPD.  We also will ask the deaf community and our friends to call senators and send email to senators to ask them to support the treaty.

Please contact me at ashettle@usicd.org to become involved with deaf community action in support of the CRPD during International Week of the Deaf September 23 to 27.  Also visit these websites for more information on the CRPD and for upcoming news and announcements:

Flyer on How the Deaf Community Can Help Get the CRPD Ratified

Flyer on CRPD and the International Week of the Deaf

http://disabilitytreaty.org

http://www.usicd.org

http://usicd.org/index.cfm/crpdupdates 

NAD Video Asking For Your Support on CRPD

REMEMBER DECEMBER?!

A CNN Live Newsroom Title box that reads Senate kills U.N. Treaty on Disabilities - Senate Republicans strongly opposed the measure

Sign the petition and let your voice be heard now for the disability treaty!

December 4th last year was a devastating day when the disability treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), lost by a mere five votes (Need a refresher? Read a Washington Post article here or watch John Stewart recount it here).  This summer President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Senator McCain, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and the community have all expressed their desire to see the treaty ratified.  When U.S. Senators return to their offices in DC, we are going to make sure that they know the treaty is important to the disability community and its allies and it is time to move it forward.

We can and we will get the treaty ratified in 2013 but we need you NOW. Join the petition below to add your voice to the conversation –we’ll make sure that Senators see your support when it is delivered to them in September!

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN ON NOW!

 

CRPD TWITTER CAMPAIGN AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON!

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (@civilrightsorg) is launching their Twitter campaign for the treaty TODAY in line with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (#MOW2013).  Please follow them and Tweet/ReTweet - below are some suggestions! Note: Make sure you use both the #CRPD or #DisabilitiesTreaty hashtag WITH #MOW2013 to get the most folks seeing your Tweet!

Sample Tweets

  • People w disabilities deserve #DisabilitiesTreaty 4 more access, independence & respect worldwide! RT if you support #CRPD #MOW2013
  • Tell @SenBobCorker and @SenatorMenendez we need #DisabilitiesTreaty 4 more access, independence & respect worldwide! #CRPD #MOW2013
  • If you support equal rights & access for 1 billion people w disabilities around the world, tell the Senate to ratify #DisabilitiesTreaty #CRPD #MOW2013
  • I join @civilrightsorg @usicd in supporting #DisabilitiesTreaty to uphold the dream of equality for all people #MarchonWashington #MOW2013

Stay tuned next week for the results of this week’s alert and a call for a hearing on the disability treaty.  Thank you all for your strong support and lead on!  

Business Says Yes to CRPD!

 Briefing audience 1

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's policy briefing in the Senate: The Impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Global Commerce and the International Accessibility Eco-System.  The briefing was a tremendous success with over 200 attendees! We would like to share with you some photos and key statements - please share with others who may not have been able to attend!  Please also take a moment to support U.S. ratification efforts for the treaty by taking action below:

What can YOU do to help pass the disability treaty?  

To learn more about the treaty visit www.disabilitytreaty.org! Contact your Senators (you can find them at senate.gov) to let them know that you support the CRPD!

Axel Leblois of G3ict with Tony Coelho
Axel Leblois (G3ict) with Tony Coelho

Tony Coelho, former U.S. Congressman and primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act: "The CRPD is a blueprint of the globalization of the ADA... The U.S. contributed to CRPD legal definitions such as reasonable accommodation to the whole world. Today 57% of over 125 CRPD ratifying countries have incorporated a definition of reasonable accommodation in their legislation. Just three or four had a definition only 10 years ago. That's tremendous leadership on our part that we have done that. We now need to do it in our participation in the treaty."

Filled audience members and service animal
Audience fills CRPD Business/Tech briefing in U.S. Senate

Frances West, IBM, Director of Human Ability & Accessibility Center: "Right now the United States actually holds the leadership position in terms of technology for accessibility. And I can tell you that since the convention in 2006, for the countries that have signed or ratified, especially in the emerging countries, many of them are actually aggressively trying to vie for that leadership position...IBM [is] a global company, [that operates] in 170 plus countries, with close to 500,000 employees worldwide. And we generate about 100 plus billion dollar revenue a year. As a global company, we try to really look at areas and places where we can add significant value, which, of course, in the business world translates into profit and revenue opportunities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when it was passing, from the very beginning, we saw this as an opportunity to really further the objectives of business such as IBM."

Young interns with disabilities sit in front of briefing and partiipate in Q&A
Young disability advocates attend CRPD Business/Tech briefing
Judy Brewer, World Wide Web Consortium, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative:
"I think that many people in the room shared the deep surprise last year at the U.S. not signing on to the CRPD and felt that very, very deeply. For those of us who work internationally, we heard the shock from our international colleagues. These are people who had looked, they had been watching the U.S. leadership in so many aspects of accessibility for years and taking inspiration from that. So I'm sure many of you here who work in those settings have, as I have, have gotten a lot of questions about what's happening. Is the U.S. stepping back its commitment to accessibility?
I hope that's not the case, but that's the message that the U.S. is sending right now."
                          
Briefing attendee using computer technology to communicate
Attendee uses U.S. innovation to participate in CRPD Business/Tech briefing  
Brian Markwalter, Consumer Electronics Association, Senior Vice President of  Research and Standards: "We forecast 130 million smartphones [will be] shipped in the U.S. this year, about 900 million worldwide... The penetration of tablets in the U.S. is already at 40%...even by the rapid pace of consumer electronics to achieve 40% in just a few years is phenomenal...I guess the main takeaway is the importance of standards and in particular harmonization and worldwide recognition that these markets are all global now. The products ship worldwide...
Investment follows opportunity. And to the extent we can make these technologies available on a worldwide basis, that's a bigger market and more opportunity for companies to deliver their products into the world. So making accessible products and creating accessible options opens up markets....Companies get access to broader markets through these globally harmonized efforts like CRPD." 

Deaf Ugandan advocate sits in front  row of event
Deaf Ugandan Advocate attends briefing of American business leaders discussing why U.S. should ratify the disability treaty
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adobe Systems Inc., Group Project Manager for Accessibility:

"I think what is one of the greatest fears that we have is that if accessibility is required or implemented the requirements for accessibility mean that we have to do it differently in different countries and that we have to address accessibility in the U.S. in one way and in Japan or Australia or India in another way entirely.  This is where there's really very important work that the CRPD can help us with... Accessibility is a part of our products that we need to support.  And if we need to do it differently, then we run the risk of a company like Adobe saying, ok, we're not going to worry about a small country that has different accessibility requirements because it's not a large market.  That may mean there's fewer jobs at Adobe doing work on a particular product.  It may present a great opportunity for another country where there's a tool that is focused on their own specialized accessibility standards...

David Dikter, CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association:

Blind advocate participates in Q&A
Newly blind founder of My Blind Spot, Albert J. Rizzi, participates in CRPD Tech/Business briefing Q&A
"ATIA represents about 100 plus or minus companies that manufacture and develop Assistive Technology.

Their mission is really to change lives in a very dramatic way.Without their technologies, students may not have access to education.Leaders may not exist...[The] power of the CRPD is quite dramatic.Today there's a cohort of countries that have signed on and ratified CRPD.The United States has not... The United States has a great model that we've been evolving and developing over a long term.We need to be part of that conversation.We need to be part of the cohort of countries that have signed on so that we can share more formally what we have done in this country...They're folks who have a wife, child, grandparent or parent who has a disability who actually started this world with Assistive Technology.

This event was hosted by the following partners, in conjunction with information technology industry participants in the M-Enabling Summit:

    AT in Dark blue then iA in light blue        A blue button with the computer symbol for power next to the letter AAPD

     G 3 in bold in front of i c t in lower case lettering and just outline                  USICD Logo

USICD Executive Director's Statement on CRPD at NCD

A group of people sit around a hearing room, some at microphones.

On Tuesday, April 23, USICD Executive Director David Morrissey presented public comment at a hearing for the National Council on Disability (NCD) about how they should engage with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.  Morrissey requested that NCD help to combat the campaign of misinformation about the treaty and provide education on why the treaty is important to the American disability community.  He also shared quotes from disability leaders abroad who emphasized the need for U.S. ratification:

By ratifying the CRPD, the United States can share the American experience of protecting and promoting disability rights with the world.  Our influence is sorely needed.  The world’s people with disabilities look to the United States on this issue.  Hear these voices calling for U.S. ratification:

From Mongolia: “Many countries see US action in human rights as an example. We, persons with disabilities, always take examples from the United States.  If the US ratifies the CRPD that will have a huge impact in other countries and will facilitate our advocacy.”  Ya.Avirmed, Aivuun NGO for Persons with Disabilities, Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia

From Trinidad:  “US disability rights laws are the standard bearer and the fact that the United States Senate is taking steps to ratify the CRPD is further evidence of the importance of this treaty.”  Debbie McKell, Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee

READ FULL STATEMENT

The CRPD and U.S. Ratification

Progress toward U.S. Ratification

After a sad defeat in the Senate last December the disability community, composed of over 500 leading disability organizations from around the country, is determined to see the CRPD ratified in 2013! The outpouring of media support for the treaty in addition to the committment of senators to reconsider their "no" votes this term has reinvigorated our efforts. 

Check out our New Materials for Advocates and the avalanche of Media outrage in December surrounding the treaty's failure. 

Disability and civil rights leaders, parents of children with disabilities, and self-advocates are gathering in their states now to urge their senators' support for the disability treaty this year.  USICD is working with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and over 500 disability organizations to support these meetings.  Contact Esme Grant at egrant@usicd.org for information on reaching out to your senators, educating your local community on the treaty, and other ways to get involved!

The Boston Globe Explores the Lessons Learned from the CRPD Failure

A lesson for Bob Dole: old rules no longer apply


A disability treaty with broad support seemed like a sure thing to the ex-Senate stalwart. But his own party had other ideas

By Michael Kranish

March 24, 2013
Third in a series

WASHINGTON — It had been 16 years since Bob Dole stepped down as Senate Republican leader, ending a legislative career in which he earned a reputation as a master of bipartisanship. Yet there he was at the end of 2012, trying to close a deal.

Dole was 89 years old, just out of the hospital, working the phones to win senators’ support. Then, in a dramatic effort, he rolled in his wheelchair onto the Senate floor, all but daring senators to vote against him and, by proxy, anyone with a disability.

It was a moment Dole had long awaited. He had brought the parties together to pass his greatest piece of legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which required the retrofitting of buildings and sidewalks and provided an array of other rights.

Now he wanted the Senate to approve an international treaty that would spur other nations to pass their version of the law, making the United States a role model to help tens of millions of people around the world.
Do it for Dole, supporters urged.

READ MORE

Calls for Ratification and Current News Stories

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) letter of support on CRPD to Senators
July 23, 2014
Source: Gary Shapiro President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Opening Doors to People With Disabilities Worldwide
July 23, 2014
Source: Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Republican Senators Urge Call for CRPD Ratification
June 4, 2014
Source: Mark Kirk, U.S. Senator For Illinois

Ratify the Disability Treaty: Carrie H. Nolan
May 27, 2014
Source: Carrie H. Nolan

MS patient's view
May 26, 2014
Source: John Platt

Senator Rubio and the CRPD
April 29, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Why Do Seniors Vote For Republicans?
April 28, 2014
Source: Germantown Now (Maryland)

Dole's legacy: Towering and still growing
April 26, 2014
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal

The CRPD and an Idea
April 25, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

UN: People With Disabilities Free To Make Own Decisions
April 23, 2014
Source: Disability Scoop

The CRPD and Ukraine
April 23, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Bob Dole is back in Kansas, running for nothing, but running hard
April 22, 2014
Source: Washington Post

Senator Heller and the CRPD
April 18, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Senator Burr and the CRPD By Patricia Morrissey
April 17, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Senator Boozman and the CRPD
April 17, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

The International Disability Treaty
April 15, 2014
Source: Wheelchair Traveling (Blog)

Disability Matters with Wade Henderson
April 15, 2014
Source: Disability Matters

The Senate Can Pass A Treaty To Protect Fish But Not One To Protect Disability Rights
April 11, 2014
Source: Think Progress

Fish and the CRPD
April 11, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

A Life Deserved
April 7, 2014
Source: Baltimore Sun

Senator Santorum and the CRPD
April 7, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: US must continue leading on rights for the disabled
April 3, 2014
Source: Arizona Daily Star

Senator Harkin and the CRPD
April 2, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Panel discusses global disability rights
March 28, 2014
Source: ASU News

The CRPD and Senate Process
March 25, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

The U.S. and the CRPD: An Interview with USICD President Marca Bristo
March 25, 2014
Source: Nation of Change

The $64,000 Question
March 24, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

The Senate refuses to lend support for people with disabilities
March 22, 2014
Source: The News Journal (Delaware)

A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words: Amy Purdy Inspires
March 19, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Why the U.S. Refuses to Ratify the U.N. Disabilities Treaty
March 18, 2014
Source: Nation of Change

U.S. signature absent from U.N. disability convention, celebrated at Paralympic Games
March 13, 2014
Source: PBS NewsHour

Paralympics chance to champion rights of disabled
March 13, 2014
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

White House, faith leaders, discuss disability
March 12, 2014
Source: ABP News

New Jersey’s Robert Menendez Named National MS Society 2013 U.S. Senator of the Year
March 12, 2014
Source: PressCloud

The CRPD and Reality
March 10, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

The CRPD and Senator Johanns
March 8, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

Sen. Mark Kirk: Let’s cheer on athletes with disabilities
March 6, 2014
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Can Tom Harkin Be Persuaded to Un-Retire?
March 3, 2014
Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

What Does Ron Johnson Have Against Veterans ?
March 3, 2014
Source: Germantown Now (Wisconsin)

Sen. Roberts, please
March 1, 2014
Source: Kansas City Star

Why the U.S. needs to join the U.N. on disability rights
February 28, 2014
Source: Seattle Times

Moran, Roberts should support treaty on disabilities
February 28, 2014
Source: Wichita Eagle (Kansas)

The CRPD and Senator Blunt
February 27, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

St. Louis Athletes Go For Gold In Paralympics, Concerns Persist Over Disability Rights Abroad
February 26, 2014
Source: St. Louis Public Radio – St. Louis On The Air (Missouri)

The CRPD and Senator Isakson
February 25, 2014
Source: http://www.wecandothisifwetry.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-crpd-and-senator-isakson.html

US Senate should ratify disabilities treaty
February 24, 2014
Source: Religion News Service

A Republican Schism Engulfs Protections for the Disabled
February 23, 2014
Source: Bloomberg View

Two Suggestions Whose Time Has Come
February 21, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try (Blog)

The Least We Can Do
February 19, 2014
Source: New York Times

Making inclusion a reality
February 19, 2014
Source: Washington Jewish Week

Senator Flake and the CRPD
February 13, 2014
Source: We Can Do This If We Try

letters to the Editor support CRPD
February 10, 2014
Source: America The National Catholic Review

Jewish activists lobby for disabled
February 7, 2014
Source: JTA The Global Jewish News Source

Rep. Tammy Duckworth to lead U.S. delegation to the Paralympic Games in Sochi
February 7, 2014
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Hero Mistreated
February 3, 2014
Source: Times-Tribune (Pennsylvania)

A.D.A. Writ Large
January 31, 2014
Source: America Magazine (Letter to the Editor)

False information abounds about treaty modeled on ADA
January 30, 2014
Source: The Mountain Echo (Missouri)

#SOTU: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
January 27, 2014
Source: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

USICD ED David Morrissey speaks with USAID at the Science & Human Rights Coalition Meeting: Disability Rights
January 27, 2014
Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science

U.N. treaties benefit America
January 25, 2014
Source: The Gazette (Iowa)

Open letter to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Disabilities Treaty vote
January 22, 2014
Source: The Hill

Ratify the U.N. Disabilities Treaty
January 20, 2014
Source: US News & World Report

Lawrence: Disability treaty needs support
January 20, 2014
Source: Times Free-Press (Tennessee)

Speak up for rights of disabled veterans
January 12, 2014
Source: The Tennessean

Video: UN Disability Treaty Faces Battle in US Senate
January 10, 2014
Source: Voice of America

US Jesuits urge passage of UN disabilities treaty
January 9, 2014
Source: The Hill

Dignity of the Disabled
January 8, 2014
Source: America Magazine

Why tech is a double-edged sword for human rights
January 5, 2014
Source: CNN

5 most vital foreign policy moves for the US in 2014
January 5, 2014
Source: Courier-Journal (Kentucky)

Grassley should back the disabilities treaty
January 3, 2014
Source: Press-Citizen (Iowa)

Leading by example can restore America's global luster
January 2, 2014
Source: The Intelligencer

Treaty on Disability Rights
December 26, 2013
Source: New York Times

A chance for U.S. leadership that starts at home
December 24, 2013
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Disabilities Advocate and Expert on Why Equality Matters
December 18, 2013
Source: International Foundation on Electoral Systems

Local View: Ratify human rights treaties
December 11, 2013
Source: Journal Star (Nebraska)

Vets to Congress: #FinishThe4
December 10, 2013
Source: Huffington Post

Honor the legacy of my father, Christopher Reeve
December 9, 2013
Source: Los Angeles Times

David Rundle: Senators should back U.N. disability treaty
December 8, 2013
Source: Wichita Eagle (Kansas)

Treaty for disabled is needed by all
December 6, 2013
Source: The Daily Progress

Susan Rice: Obama Administration leads on human rights
December 6, 2013
Source: San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

Meet Harry Olmstead
December 5, 2013
Source: Press-Citizen (Iowa)

Treaty is important to us all
December 5, 2013
Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News (Arizona)

Empowering the Intellectually Disabled Through Sport
December 4, 2013
Source: Huffington Post

Protect the rights of the disabled
December 4, 2013
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)

Join the USBLN® in Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Appealing to the U.S. Senate to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2013
Source: US Business Leadership Network

The Disabilities Treaty: Right Treaty, Right Time, Right for America
December 2, 2013
Source: Huffington Post

Why we must pass the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Opinion
December 2, 2013
Source: Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

Differently Abled, Not Disabled
December 2, 2013
Source: PLOS

Ratify convention to break down global barriers for the disabled
December 1, 2013
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Deborah Kendrick commentary: People with disabilities can be thankful for how far we’ve come
December 1, 2013
Source: Columbus Dispatch

Letter to the Editor: Disabilities treaty should be ratified
November 30, 2013
Source: Suburban News (New Jersey)

Letters to the editor: 11/29: U.S. can still improve conditions for disabled
November 29, 2013
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal (New York)

A treaty that needs to pass
November 26, 2013
Source: Daily Herald

A chance to rewrite history for the disabled: Editorial
November 25, 2013
Source: New Jersey Star-Ledger

Sen. Ron Johnson should support disabilities treaty
November 25, 2013
Source: Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Treaty is important to all Americans
November 25, 2013
Source: East Valley Tribune

How to Do Right by the Disabled
November 24, 2013
Source: New York Times

Ratifying the Disabilities Treaty Will Keep the U.S. Exceptional
November 21, 2013
Source: Roll Call

Ratify treaty on disabled
November 21, 2013
Source: The Register-Guard

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at POLITICO's Women Rule Event
November 21, 2013
Source: Politico

Supporting US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
November 21, 2013
Source: Microsoft on the Issues

Protecting My Disabled Brother Abroad
November 21, 2013
Source: PolicyMic

Right-Wingers Again Try to Scuttle UN Convention on Rights of Disabled
November 21, 2013
Source: RH Reality Check

Beyond the Treaty--A Connected Community
November 21, 2013
Source: Friends of ATIA Newsletter - November 2013

Corker should support treaty
November 21, 2013
Source: Times Free-Press (Tennessee -- Letter to the Editor)

California -- Letter to the Editor
November 21, 2013
Source: The Davis Enterprise

Secretary Kerry's Opening Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and related CRPD Links
November 21, 2013

Advancing Equal Technology Access Rights to People with Disabilities
November 21, 2013
Source: IBM Research

Robert Menendez: Senate has a second chance on disabilities treaty
November 20, 2013
Source: The Commercial Appeal

Editorial: Ratify equality measure
November 20, 2013
Source: Carroll County Times

Why the U.S. Must Lead on Disabilities Treaty
November 20, 2013
Source: The Great Debate, Bill Frist

Robert Menendez: Senate has chance to right a wrong on disabilities
November 20, 2013
Source: Tallahassee.com

Ratify treaty for disabled
November 20, 2013
Source: Casper Star-Tribune

Sleeper Alert: Disabilities Treaty May Rise Anew in the Senate
November 19, 2013
Source: Roll Call

Watch State Department Virtual town Hall on the Disability Treaty
November 19, 2013
Source: U.S. Department of State

Interview w/ Samantha Power
November 18, 2013
Source: MSNBC Morning Joe

U.S. can help protect people with disabilities worldwide
November 18, 2013
Source: NJ.com

Samantha Power on Iran nuke talks and Disability Treaty
November 15, 2013
Source: CBS This Morning

Miss. senators should back disability pact
November 15, 2013
Source: The Clarion-Ledger

The entrepreneurs of outrage
November 14, 2013
Source: The Washington Post

RID Supports Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
November 13, 2013

Why we need to pass the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
November 13, 2013
Source: The Hill

Disabilities Treaty Is a Journey, Not a Destination
November 12, 2013
Source: Huff Post

Local View: Time to ratify the disability treaty By Mike Schafer
November 10, 2013
Source: Journal-Star

Cooperative Progress on Disability Rights is Needed
November 8, 2013
Source: Huff Post

TREATY: TIME TO RATIFY! (actually it should already have happened!)
November 8, 2013
Source: Fox News Insider

US Senate revives UN disability treaty, fate uncertain
November 7, 2013
Source: Agence France-Presse

Judaism decrees we must ensure the rights of people with disabilities
November 7, 2013
Source: Arizona Jewish Post (Opinion)

Action Alert!
November 6, 2013
Source: The Autism Acceptance Project

Kirk, Duckworth promote treaty on rights of disabled
November 5, 2013
Source: Chicago Tribune

The Great Debate
November 5, 2013
Source: Reuters

Let’s Be a Voice With People Who Have Disabilities
November 5, 2013
Source: Sojourners

Shaheen: Senate Should Pass Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
November 5, 2013
Source: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (Press Release)

Senator Kirk Testifies at Foreign Relations Committee: Our Soldiers Are Victors, Not Victims
November 5, 2013
Source: kirk.senate.gov

Kerry Reviving Administration Push for UN Disabilities Treaty
November 5, 2013
Source: PJ Media

America Protects the Disabled- Why not the world?
November 5, 2013
Source: AZCentral.com

Kuwait backs efforts to implement ICESCR locally, internationally
November 5, 2013
Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran, Urges Congress to Ratify Disabilities Treaty
November 5, 2013
Source: Huffington Post

Sen. Menendez: Treaty would promote the rights of Americans with disabilities
November 5, 2013
Source: PBS News Hour

Andrea Mitchell Reports CRPD
November 5, 2013
Source: MSNBC

90 Seconds of Your Time Can Change the World -- Click the "Take Action!" Link
September 25, 2013
Source: Source America

Senate should ratify U.N. treaty on the disabled
September 25, 2013
Source: Los Angeles Times

Key to Post-2015: Hold Donors to Account
September 23, 2013
Source: Disability Rights Fund

RID Celebrates International Week of the Deaf
September 23, 2013
Source: RID

1 comments Defending the rights of those with disabilities on a global scale: David Sutherland
September 22, 2013
Source: Cleveland.com

Michelle Kwan Calls for Ratification of the Disability Treaty
September 18, 2013
Source: US International Council on Disabilities

GUEST COLUMN: A chance to do right by people with disabilities, veterans and businesses
September 4, 2013
Source: Rome News-Tribune

AHEAD Editorial on CRPD Ratification
September 4, 2013
Source: Association on Higher Education and Disability

National Association of the Deaf and WFD Organiza to Support the CRPD
August 29, 2013
Source: National Association of the Deaf

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki Uirges American Legion to Support CRPD
August 29, 2013
Source: The American Legion

CRPD Facebook Page
August 20, 2013

The U.S. Senate Must Ratify the UN Disability Treaty
August 15, 2013
Source: Moving maryland Forward network

Global disabilities treaty needs support
August 14, 2013
Source: Kansas City Star Opinion

Why Liz supports the CRPD
August 13, 2013
Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities

It's time to Ratify the Disability Treaty
August 12, 2013
Source: Global Studies at University of Delaware

Video Message: The Disabilities Treaty--It's Time For Action
August 9, 2013
Source: U.S. Department of State

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
August 9, 2013
Source: Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition

AAPD Interns Call for CRPD Ratification
August 5, 2013
Source: AAPD

US Has a Second Chance on Human Righs Issue
July 30, 2013
Source: Andrew Park

Ratify it - Indiana
July 30, 2013
Source: South Bend Tribune

Advocates Rally for Second Chance on Disability Treaty
July 27, 2013
Source: Kansas City infoZine

US: Expand Protections for People With Disabilities
July 26, 2013
Source: Human Rights Watch

CELEBRATING ENFORCEMENT OF THE ADA: AN ANNIVERSARY WEEK BLOG
July 26, 2013
Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Groups rally on Capitol Hill, pressure Senate to ratify Disability Treaty
July 25, 2013
Source: Examiner.com

The Disabilities Treaty: Opening the World to Americans with Disabilities
July 23, 2013
Source: U.S. State Department

US Has Second Chance On Human Rights Issue
July 22, 2013
Source: Andrew Park Weblog

John Kerry: Our disabled deserve access abroad
July 21, 2013
Source: USA Today

Stevie Wonder Video Supporting the CRPD
July 19, 2013
Source: United Nations

A Second Chance for the World’s Disabled
July 18, 2013
Source: NY Times

Joyce welcomes Mark Johnson
July 16, 2013
Source: Voice America

U.S. should take lead in passing disability treaty
July 13, 2013
Source: Clarion Ledger (Mississippi)

Disabilities treaty’s ratification promotes U.S. values worldwide
July 12, 2013
Source: The Journal Gazetter

If Not Now, When?
July 12, 2013
Source: Reform Judaism

ADA pioneer opens speaker series on disabilities
July 11, 2013
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune

Voice of the People
July 10, 2013
Source: Chicago Tribune

Tony Coelho speaks at MU - urges more activism for rights of people with disabilities
July 10, 2013
Source: Missourian

Letter, 7/7: Support disability convention 1 Print Email
July 7, 2013
Source: JournalStar.com

Time for international independence for people with disabilities
July 3, 2013
Source: St. Louis Beacon

A Call to Action: Help the U.S. Join Global Dignity Revolution
July 3, 2013
Source: The World of Special Olympics

Tony Coelho on Disability Matters Celebrating ADA and Advocating CRPD Ratification
July 2, 2013
Source: Diability Matters

Help Needed Now for People with Disabilities Worldwide: UN Disability Treaty
July 2, 2013
Source: RAVBLOG

A Brief Look into the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
June 27, 2013
Source: Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilites

NCIL calls on everyone to Support the CRPD
June 26, 2013
Source: The Advocacy Monitor

Jessica Cox Video Supporting CRPD Ratification
June 19, 2013

Don't Miss Handicap International's New Website!
June 5, 2013

Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities
June 5, 2013
Source: Huff Post

Armless Pilot Jessica Cox Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for CRPD
June 3, 2013
Source: Handicap International

Op-Ed on CRPD: Measure won't infringe on rights
May 21, 2013
Source: The Tennessean

United Spinal to Honor U.S. Senator John McCain For His Commitment to Strengthen Disability Rights
May 16, 2013
Source: United Spinal Association

The Word on Women - U.S. Failure to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
April 19, 2013
Source: TrustLaw

Senator Menendez CRPD Statements at SFRC Hearing
April 18, 2013
Source: Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Harkin on CRPD at Appropriations Hearing
April 18, 2013
Source: Senate Committee on Appropriations

Rachel Maddow Reiterates GOP Mistep with CRPD
April 4, 2013
Source: The Rachel Maddow Shoe MSNBC

A lesson for Bob Dole: old rules no longer apply
March 24, 2013
Source: The Boston Globe

International Society for Prosthetics and Orthopedics Declares Support for CRPD
January 22, 2013
Source: International Soceity for Prosthetics and Orthotics

THEY DID WHAT?
January 10, 2013
Source: Able News

LETTERS: Readers angry at Republican rejection of treaty to protect disabled individuals
January 8, 2013
Source: Waco Tribune

Tell the Senate that Equal Rights for People with Disabilities is a Priority
December 26, 2012
Source: Anti Defamation League

Sailing Away to Irrelevance, Epilogue: In Which the GOP is Finally and Inevitably Made Irrelevant
December 20, 2012
Source: The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Was Johnson listening to debate over treaty?
December 19, 2012
Source: Journal Sentinel

Johnson's view misinformed (3rd Piece on Page)
December 19, 2012
Source: Journal Sentinel

Senate’s failure to pass U.N. Convention a travest
December 19, 2012
Source: Morris Daily Herald

Jeopardizing sanit
December 19, 2012
Source: Atkin Age

Next time, US Senate should ratify UN disabilities treaty
December 19, 2012
Source: The Christian Science Monitor

U.S. Senate defeats ratification of The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
December 19, 2012
Source: Observer Dispatch

Shame on Senators who didn’t vote for disability treaty
December 19, 2012

GOP votes against people with disabilities
December 18, 2012
Source: Seacoast Online

Where Human Rights Treaties Go To Die
December 18, 2012
Source: The Jewish Daily Forward

Portman’s vote hurt disabled
December 17, 2012
Source: Toledo Blade

RICHARD HERMANN: How low can they go?
December 17, 2012
Source: Messenger Post

A U.N. treaty on disabilities and the ghost of Henry Cabot Lodge
December 17, 2012
Source: Tampa Bay Times

Bob Schieffer Commentary on CRPD
December 16, 2012
Source: Face The Nation

What Others Say: GOP senators embarrass selves with disabilities vote
December 16, 2012
Source: Onnline Athens

Republicans in panic
December 16, 2012
Source: Paragould Daily Press

Our national failure to commit
December 16, 2012
Source: The Vindicator

How The Disabilities Treaty Senate Debacle Caught the Media’s Attention
December 14, 2012
Source: UN Dispatch

Why Ratifying Human Rights Treaties Matters for the United States
December 14, 2012
Source: Single Pixel Planes

Defeat of treaty on disabled was a sad moment for Senate
December 14, 2012
Source: Vindy.com

GOP ignores disabled
December 14, 2012
Source: The Olympian

Unfounded treaty fears
December 14, 2012
Source: the Salt Lake City Tribune

Vote against treaty bad for disabled folks
December 14, 2012
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Disabled advocates hope Senate will again take up UN disability treaty
December 13, 2012
Source: The Times Picayune Greater New Orleans

Columnist Karen Rubin: Right wingers wrong on disabilities
December 13, 2012
Source: The Island Now

Our sadly dysfunctional Senate
December 13, 2012
Source: News Review. com

Stepping Down from the Stage: A New Horizon of Global Politics?
December 13, 2012
Source: Global Policy Journal

FOX News Talk with Tom Anderson Discusses CRPD with John Wodatch
December 13, 2012
Source: FOX News Talk

US: What a Senate Vote for Disabilities Treaty Would Really Mean
December 12, 2012
Source: Human Rights Watch

Senate vote was injustice to disabled
December 12, 2012
Source: Omaha.com

Tom Zirpoli: GOP vote a national embarassment
December 12, 2012
Source: Carroll County Times

No to disabilities
December 12, 2012
Source: Brainerd Dispatch

Treaty on Disabled: New GOP Loses Out To Old
December 12, 2012
Source: New Chief

Cambodia Becomes 125th Nation to Ratify the CRPD
December 12, 2012
Source: UN Enable

Anderson Cooper 360 Keeping Them Honest Asks the Opposition for their Facts
December 11, 2012
Source: CNN

Anderson Cooper takes on the CRPD's Biggest Opponent, Michael Farris
December 11, 2012
Source: CNN

The Institute for Policy and Governance Blog on Defeat ofCRPD
December 11, 2012
Source: Virginia Tech

Down Syndrome Daily's Comprehensive CRPD Ratification Media Log
December 11, 2012
Source: Down Syndrome Daily

Editorial: Disabled Senate rejects U.N. rights treaty
December 11, 2012
Source: USA Today

Morning Joe Covers Senate Failure on CRPD
December 11, 2012
Source: MSNBC

What’s with the GOP’s absurd fear of all things U.N.?
December 11, 2012
Source: Washington Post Opinions

What were they thinking?
December 11, 2012
Source: Aiken Standard

Johanns mean-spirited
December 11, 2012
Source: Journal Star

AUCD Legislative News Brief on Defeat of CRPD
December 10, 2012
Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Ironic Thanks to Sen. Toomey for Voting Agains the CRPD
December 10, 2012
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Embarassed
December 10, 2012
Source: Tribune-Review (PA)

Georgia Advocacy Office Shares NDRN's Statment of Failure on CRPD
December 10, 2012
Source: Georgia Advocacy Office

Rejection of treaty shames nation
December 10, 2012
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

RESNA Statement Reacts to CRPD Failure
December 10, 2012
Source: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America

How the Senate Failed U.S. Businesses (and Bob Dole)
December 10, 2012
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Local View (Nebraska): Why treaty on rights of disabled matters
December 9, 2012
Source: Journal Star

Tea Party scare tactics doom disabled treaty in Senate
December 9, 2012
Source: The Boston Globe

Republicans turn their backs on disabled citizens
December 9, 2012
Source: Digital Journal

Anderson Cooper Grills Sen. Mike Lee on Oppositions Arguments
December 8, 2012
Source: CNN

Senate vote on UN disability convention shows pitiful state of US politics
December 8, 2012
Source: The Telegraph (UK)

Autism Blog on the CRPD Loss
December 8, 2012
Source: Left Brain Right Brain

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 - Sad Day For People with Disabilites
December 7, 2012
Source: CNN

Gallaudet's President Respons to Failure of the CRPD in Senate
December 7, 2012
Source: Gallaudet University

Anderson Cooper Article
December 7, 2012
Source: CNN

Sen. Kerry Dispells CRPD Objections
December 7, 2012
Source: John Kerry

USICD Board Member Eric Rosenthal Defending CRPD on Al Jazeera
December 7, 2012
Source: Al Jazeera

Anderson Cooper's Keeping Them Honest
December 7, 2012
Source: CNN

Vermont Center for Independent Living Decries Senate Vote on CRPD
December 7, 2012
Source: VT Digger

Sen. Portman of Ohio Says He May Change His Vote
December 7, 2012
Source: WKSU

An irrational vote against disability treaty
December 7, 2012
Source: The Kansas City Star

Republicans fall into another trap
December 7, 2012
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Senate Rejection of Disabilities Treaty Shows GOP Descent Into Irrationality
December 7, 2012
Source: The Progressive

Why the Right Killed Disabled Treaty
December 7, 2012
Source: ConsortiumNes.com

Parsing Republican paranoia on the disability treaty
December 7, 2012
Source: Los Angeles Times

Republicans Block Disability Rights -- Which Would Not Cost a Nickel
December 7, 2012
Source: Huffington Post

Shame! 38 Republican Senators Vote 'No' on the UN Treaty Banning Discrimination Against People With Disabilities
December 7, 2012
Source: The Huffington Post

Senate Republicans’ profiles in moral cowardice
December 7, 2012
Source: The Washington Post

ADL, Jewish Federations regret failure to ratify disabilities treaty
December 7, 2012
Source: JTA

Senate unable to ratify world disability treaty
December 7, 2012
Source: Philly.com

What a Senate vote for Disabilities Treaty would really mean
December 7, 2012
Source: The Hill

DeMint Opposed Disabilities Treaty Because The U.N. Wants Palestine To Be A State
December 7, 2012
Source: Think Progress

US: Senate Misses Opportunity on Disability Convention
December 7, 2012
Source: Huffington Post World
Human Rights Watch Blog

Access Living Expresses Disappointment on CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: Access Living

ADAPT responds to the Senate failure to ratify the CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: ADAPT

DREDF Deeply Disappointed by US Senate Opposition to Global Disability Rights Treaty
December 6, 2012
Source: Rolling Rains Report

Handicap International Laments U.S. Senate's Failure to Pass the CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: PRWeb

Senator Ayotte Votes to Ratify Disabilities Treaty
December 6, 2012
Source: Kelly Ayotte

Harkin: Senate Failure to Ratify CRPD “Shameful”
December 6, 2012
Source: Tom Harkin

John Stewart on CRPD Failure - Please Tell Me This Is Rock Bottom
December 6, 2012
Source: Business Insider

Stephen Colbert Rails at CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: The Colbert Report
Minute 11:44

Leadership Conference Condems CRPD Failure as "Irrational and Outrageous"
December 6, 2012
Source: The Leadership Conference

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
December 6, 2012
Source: The White House

United Spinal Statement: Senate Vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty
December 6, 2012
Source: PR Newswire

NCIL Gathers Some CRPD Media Coverage
December 6, 2012
Source: The Advocacy Monitor
Includes Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Connell, Morning Joe

CEC Statement After Failure of CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: Council for Exceptional Children

Special Olympics Reacts to Failure of CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: The World of Special Olympics

NOD Reacts to Senat's Failure on CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: National Organization on Disability

MIUSA Statement on CRPD Loss
December 6, 2012
Source: Mobility International USA

Quaker Lobby reacts to CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: The Friends Committee on National Legislation

Kerry: Failure to Pass Disabilities Treaty is Evidence of a Broken Senate
December 6, 2012
Source: John Kerry

United Spinal Association Asks Members to Respond to CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: United Spinal Association

Huffington Post Reports on CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: The Huffington Post

Senate rebuffs Dole's appeal for passage of UN disability treaty
December 6, 2012
Source: The Bellingham Herald

Rachel Maddow's Blog on Failure of CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: The Maddow Blog

Senator Harkin Minutes Afterthe No Vote
December 6, 2012
Source: NCIL

Granite State Independent Living Advocacy Alert
December 6, 2012
Source: Granite State Independent Living

NCD Statement on Failure of CRPD in Senate
December 6, 2012
Source: National Council on Disabilities

Rachel Maddow on CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: The Maddow Show

The Ed Show Analyses the CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: The Ed Show

The Last Word on CRPD Failure - A Day of Shame
December 6, 2012
Source: MSNBC

NPR Morning Eddition on CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: National Public Radio

Pacifica Radio on CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Go to Minute 49:00

Chris Mathews on Hardball on CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: MSNBC Hardball

Boston.com on CRPD Senate Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: The Boston Globe

Kansas City Star on Senate CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: ArcaMax

Disability Law Blog on CRPD in Senate
December 6, 2012
Source: Disability Law

John Hockenberry on CRPD Opposition
December 6, 2012
Source: The Take Away

UK's The Gaurdian Reacts to US Senate Failing the CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: The Guardian

Foreign Policy Bloge on the Failure of the Senate on CRPD
December 6, 2012
Source: Foreign Policy.com

CBS News on CRPD Failure
December 6, 2012
Source: CBS News

Editorial: Disabled Senate rejects U.N. rights treaty
December 6, 2012
Source: USA Today

US rejects UN disabilities treaty
December 5, 2012
Source: RT America

Senator Harkin Expresses Deep Disappointment in Senate's Failure to Ratify the CRPD
December 5, 2012

IFES Statement on the Defeat of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the U.S. Senate
December 5, 2012
Source: IFES

U.S. Senate's Rejection of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is "Appalling"
December 4, 2012
Source: Amnesty International

ACLU Disappointed With Senate’s Failure to Ratify Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
December 4, 2012
Source: ACLU

Senate Fails to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
December 4, 2012
Source: AAPD

Statement from PHI's Mary A. Pittman on the US Senate's Failure on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
December 4, 2012
Source: Public Health Institute

Paralyzed Veterans of America Deeply Disappointed in Senate Failure to Ratify Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities
December 4, 2012
Source: Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Arc Reacts to the U.S. Senate’s Defeat of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
December 4, 2012
Source: The Arc

Senate Rejects UN Disabilities Treaty
December 4, 2012
Source: NEWSY

A Yea on Disabilities
December 3, 2012
The Washington Post endorses US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Not Dead Yet Throws Support to CRPD
December 3, 2012
Source: Not Dead Yet

24 Hours to Decide
December 3, 2012
Senator Kerry explains why he believes the US Senate should vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) tomorrow Tuesday at noon.

24 Hours to Decide - Kerry in Huffington
December 3, 2012
Source: Huffington Post

Women's Refugee Commission Asks People to Take Action to Support CRPD, Call Senators
December 3, 2012
Women's Refugee Commission puts out action alert of Senate vote on Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities scheduled for tomorrow (December 4, 2012) at noon, asks people to contact senators.

Clay Aiken Tweets in Support of CRPD
December 3, 2012
Clay Aiken, American singer and TV personality, tweets in support of the CRPD

Human Rights Watch Tweets in Support of CRPD
December 3, 2012
Human Rights Watch tweets asking people to call upon senators to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

American Association of Persons with Disabilities issues Dec. 3 CRPD Action Alert
December 3, 2012
The American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) calls upon members and constituents to take action today, December 3, 2012, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

National Council on Disabilities Recommends that US Ratify CRPD
December 3, 2012
On the 20th anniversary of the International Day on Persons with Disabilities, the National Council on Disabilities recommends that the US should ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Epilepsy Foundation issues new CRPD Action Alert Dec 3
December 3, 2012
The Epilepsy Foundation issued a new action alert Dec. 3 calling upon constituents to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Senator Patty Murray (D, WA) Tweets in support of CRPD
December 3, 2012
Senator Pat Murray, a Democrat for Washington State, tweeted in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on December 3 in honor of the International Day on Persons with Disabilities.

Senator Tom Harkin (D, Iowa) Tweets in Support of CRPD
December 3, 2012
Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, tweets in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2012.

US President Obama Issues a Presidential Proclamation for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012
December 3, 2012
US President Barack Obama has issued a presidential proclamation in which he recognizes the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and calls upon the US Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

. Time Is Now for U.S. to Support International Disability Rights by Gary Arnold, President LPA
December 3, 2012
Gary Arnold, President of Little People of America, upon the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, calls upon the US Senate to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) when it votes the following day on December 4, 2012.

Bob Dole to confront Senate Republicans on U.N. disabilities treaty
December 3, 2012
The Foreign Policy Cable magazine has reported that former Senator Bob Dole plans to attend the December 4, 2012, US Senate vote on whether to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The publication suggests that Dole intends to confront Republicans opposed to treaty ratification.

Amnesty International Tweets Encouraging People to Support CRPD
December 3, 2012

Time Is Now for U.S. to Support International Disability Rights
December 3, 2012
Source: Huffington Post

Non Profit Quarterly Pro CRPD Article
November 30, 2012
Source: Non Profit Quarterly

ACLU Issues Letter of CRPD Support
November 29, 2012
Source: ACLU

Best Buddies Calls for Action
November 29, 2012
Source: Best Buddies

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Action Alert
November 28, 2012
Source: Baelon Center for Mental Health Law

Autistic Self Advocacy Network Action Alert
November 28, 2012
Source: ASAN

Epilepsy Foundation issues another action alert
November 28, 2012
Source: Epilepsy Foundation

The Arc Issues New Action Alert
November 28, 2012
Source: The Arc

Council for Exceptional Children Issues Action Alert
November 28, 2012
Source: CEC

Hearing Loss Association of America
November 28, 2012
Source: HLAA

RESNA Action Alert
November 28, 2012
Source: rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America

Association of University Centers on Disability Action Alert
November 28, 2012
Source: AUCD

Washington Post Piece on CRPD
November 27, 2012
Source: Washington Post

UNICEF Urges U.S. to Ratify CRPD
November 21, 2012
Source: UNICEF United States Fund

Easter Seals Calls on Memebres to tell Senate to Support CRPD
November 16, 2012
Source: Easter Seals

Paralyzed Veterans of America Calls On Members to Ratify CRPD!
November 16, 2012
Source: Paralyzed Veterans of America

Hearing Loss Association of America
November 16, 2012
Source: Hearing Loss Association of America

Sens. Kerry & Scott Brown Show Bipartisan Support for the CRPD
November 14, 2012
Source: Telegram.com

The Arc issues a CRPD Action Alert
November 12, 2012
Source: The Arc

Marley Matlin Tweets for the CRPD
November 8, 2012

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism CRPD Action Alert
November 7, 2012

Last-Minute Business: ABA Urges US Senate to Approve Ratification of Disabilities Convention
November 5, 2012
Source: ABA Journal

Attention Deficit Disorder Association Issues CRPD Action Alert!
November 5, 2012
Source: ADDA

Student Support fot CRPD Ratification
November 5, 2012
Source: DailyToreador.com

NCIL Announces New Advocacy Campaign to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
November 2, 2012
Source: Advocacy Monitor

Epilepsy Foundation Sends Out CRPD Action Alert
October 24, 2012
Source: Epilepsy Fountation

Ted Kennedy, Jr. Calls for Support in Politico
October 12, 2012
Source: Politico

Disability Rights Network of PA Calls for Action to Support the CRPD
September 17, 2012

National Association of the Deaf Calls for Action to Support the CRPD
September 12, 2012

International Paralympic Committee puts out Booklet for Athletes on the CRPD
September 5, 2012

The Arc of North Carolina CRPD Action Alert
August 29, 2012
Source: The Arc North Carolina

American Bar Association Supports CRPD
August 27, 2012
Source: American Bar Association

activisMS Calls for Ratification
August 27, 2012

Parents of Children with Disabilities Support CRPD
August 17, 2012
Source: The Mary & Melissa Show

Senator Durbins Statement of Support for CRPD Ratification in the Congerssional Record
August 6, 2012

Sen. Kerry's Remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the CRPD Markup
August 2, 2012
Source: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Boston Globe Article on CRPD
August 2, 2012
Source: Boston Globe

The Center for Disability Rights calls for Action to help Ratify the CRPD
August 1, 2012
Source: The Center for Disability Rights

Deaf Youth USA Supprting Ratification of CRPD
July 31, 2012
Source: DYUSA
This is a 90-second video in ASL with English captions: Deaf Youth USA members explain why they support US ratification of the CRPD and summarize some of the rights it covers. - If you do not see English captioning, turn it on with button at bottom of video.

A handful of Senators are Trying to Stop U.S. Ratification
July 31, 2012
Source: Baltimore Sun

Better World Campaign calls for CRPD Ratification - Action Alert!
July 31, 2012
Source: Better World Campaign

AAPD Calls for Your help with Ratification of CRPD
July 31, 2012
Source: AAPD

Hearing Loss Association of America ACTION ALERT
July 31, 2012
Source: HLAA

National Association of the Deaf supports CRPD Ratification
July 23, 2012
Source: National Association of the Deaf

Hearing Loss Association of America supports Ratification
July 18, 2012
Source: Hearing Loss Association of America

TASH Supports the CRPD
July 18, 2012
Source: TASH

LCCHR Applauds Senate Hearing on Treaty to Protect People with Disabilities
July 12, 2012
Source: LCCHR

Senator Coons voices strong support for ratification of disabilities treaty
July 12, 2012
Source: Senatrod Coons

United Spinal Calls for Ratification of the CRPD
July 11, 2012
Source: Yahoo News

National Federation of the Blind Urges Senate to Ratify CRPD
July 5, 2012
Source: Marketwatch