Fifthe Freedom Encourages Members to sign HI's CRPD Petition

August 29, 2013
Source: Fifth Freedon

An informational alert prepared by Fifth Freedom

Information courtesy of The Hamilton Center, Handicap International, Disability Scoop, the White House, NBC Chicago


Handicap International Asks Advocates to  

Sign Petition to Adopt U.N. Disability Treaty


Last year, the Senate rejected the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Sixty-one Senators voted in favor of CRPD, just six votes short of the two-thirds majority required to adopt a treaty. Handicap International is inviting disability advocates to sign a petition to ask the Senate to bring up the treaty for another vote, and this time, to vote yes.


If the United States adopts the Convention, it would join more than 140 other countries in committing themselves to protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Among others, the rights of people with disabilities in the Convention include:


  • Living independently
  • Being included in the community
  • Personal mobility
  • Education
  • Health
  • Participation in political and public life
  • Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sports
  • The right to accessible public transportation      

If this issue is important to you, you can visit Handicap International's website and sign their petition here: . You may also wish to contact your Senator. You can find contact information at .


More information:


Read the Convention here: 


You can also learn more about the Convention here: .


Doug Schmidt

Act Team Coordinator

The Fifth Freedom Network

4606-C E. State Blvd., Suite 102

Fort Wayne, IN 46815




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