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September 25, 2013
Source: Source America

Ask your Senators to Ratify CRPD!

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The 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.