USICD Media Releases

Chamber of Commerce, Veteran, Disability, and Civil Rights Leaders Call for Ratification of CRPD

For Immediate Release:           Contact: Kevin Locke, U.S. International Council on Disabilities 

July 22, 2014                                             klocke@usicd.org, (202) 359-6960(202) 359-6960 

 

Chamber of Commerce, Veteran, Disability, and Civil Rights Leaders Call for Ratification of Disability Treaty

As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Completes Crucial Last Step Before Floor Vote on the Treaty, Diverse Coalition Calls for Ratification

Washington, DC – This morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took the crucial final step toward ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or Disability Treaty, an international treaty designed to promote the rights and dignity of people with disabilities worldwide. The Chamber of Commerce, along with representatives from the broad and diverse coalition of business, veterans’, disability, and civil rights organizations supporting the treaty reacted to this morning’s markup and committee vote.

Marca Bristo, President, U.S. International Council on Disabilities: “We are here today to send a clear message: it is time to ratify the Disability Treaty. Failure by our Senators to ratify this treaty would be a betrayal of the American disability community, who, as recent polling tells us, vote in higher numbers than almost any other group. It is a betrayal that will not be forgotten by these millions of voters, and by our allies in the veterans, business, faith, and civil rights communities who are united in support of the treaty.”

Randy Johnson, Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “There are plenty of reasons to support the Disability Treaty —the most obvious and important one being that it’s the right thing to do for people across the globe who are living and working with disabilities. But there are economic and competitiveness benefits for the United States as well. It would create a level playing field for American businesses, leverage the leadership and innovation of American business in setting accessibility standards, and make us more able to do business abroad.  Further, the treaty does not impose new requirements on U.S. employers and entities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We urge our leaders to seize the opportunity to boost the U.S. economy and help people with disabilities worldwide by ratifying this treaty.”

Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: “This treaty embodies the values supported by the United States Military – the importance of promoting human rights and dignity around the world, and the power of the United States to be a leader in the fight for these ideals. The United States has an obligation not to be a bystander in the fight for rights and dignity for people with disabilities, but to embrace our role as a global leader and extend the rights we’ve fought for here to the rest of world.”

Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer at IBM and Worldwide Director of the IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center: “IBM is confident that US ratification of the CRPD will generate new opportunities for businesses across many different industries. It will also create a global marketplace “pull” for accessible information and communications technologies, and we believe, reinforce the United States’ legacy leadership position as a champion for full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. We believe failure to act, will produce quite the opposite effect over the long term: stifling the ambition and dreams of people with disabilities, choking marketplace opportunities, and jeopardizing the United States’ ability to influence the global accessibility community.”  

Wade Henderson, President/CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: “The United States benefits from a rich history of disability rights legislation that has inspired nations around the world to honor the dignity of people with disabilities, but it is shameful that we still lag behind the global community in ratifying the CRPD. U.S. ratification of the treaty will allow us to once again be a global leader in disability rights, and to amplify the message both here and abroad that disability rights are, indeed, human rights.”

 

 

Senate Announces Crucial Last Step Toward Ratification of Disability Treaty

For Immediate Release:      Contact: Kevin Locke, U.S. International Council on Disabilities 

July 17, 2014                                             klocke@usicd.org, (202) 359-6960(202) 359-6960 

 

Senate Announces Crucial Last Step Toward Ratification of Disability Treaty

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Will Move Forward with Markup on July 22

Washington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced that they will move forward with a markup of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or Disability Treaty, an international treaty designed to promote the rights and dignity of people with disabilities worldwide. The markup will take place on July 22.

Marca Bristo, President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, released the following statement in response to this news:

“We are very encouraged to see that the Senate is taking this step forward in the process of ratifying the Disability Treaty. This markup will allow the Committee to address any remaining concerns Senators have about this important treaty and go ahead to a vote.

Across the country and around the world, disability advocates, civil rights groups, veterans service organizations, faith groups, and businesses are waiting for the United States to regain its place as a leader on disability rights and stand strong for the rights of one billion people worldwide with disabilities. We have waited long enough.

Our coalition commends the Senate for taking this step forward, and urges them to move quickly to support human rights worldwide by finally ratifying the Disability Treaty.”

 

For more information about the Disability Treaty, visit www.DisabilityTreaty.org

 

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USICD Media Releases

Senate Fails to Act, Disability Leaders Outraged on Int'l Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2014
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, American disability leaders express outrage over the Senate's inaction on ratification of the international Disability Treaty (the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD).

Georgia Disability Leaders Join National Advocates to Call on Senators Isakson and Chambliss to Vote for Ratification of the Disability Community when the Senate Returns to Washingotn in November
October 7, 2014
Georgia disability leaders and veterans join national advocates to call on Senators Isakson and Chambliss to vote for ratification of the "Disability Treaty" (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) when the Senate returns to Washington in November. People with disabilities, including war-disabled veterans, constitute a large but overlooked voting block and will not accept anything less than immediate ratification. Press conference is being held today in the 7th floor auditorium of the Sepherd Center at 2020 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia.

New Project Pioneers Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Globally
September 8, 2014

Disability Advocates Call for Senate Action on Treaty Following Supreme Court Ruling in Bond Case
June 2, 2014
Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Bond v. United States. The unanimous judgment supports what disability advocates and legal scholars had long contended: that the Bond case is not an obstacle to ratifying the Disability Treaty. The coalition of over 800 disability, veteran, and faith organizations working in support of the Treaty today call on the Senate to proceed promptly to ratification of the Disability Treaty.

Paralympians Call on Congress to Ratify the Disability Treaty
April 3, 2014

Japan Ratifies Disability Treaty, While U.S. Lags Behind
January 22, 2014

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, USICD Calls for Ratification of Disability Treaty
December 3, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Holds Second Hearing on Disability Treaty
November 21, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Holds Hearing on Disability Treaty
November 6, 2013

Fifthe Freedom Encourages Members to sign HI's CRPD Petition
August 29, 2013
Source: Fifth Freedon

American Disability Community Denounces Failure to Pass Treaty in U.S. Senate
December 4, 2012

USICD Statement Recognizing the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2012
USICD members, staff, and officers join our global peers around the world in celebrating December 3, 2012 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

U.S. International Council on Disabilities Urges U.S. Senate to Approve Ratification for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
May 25, 2012
USICD Applauds Bipartisan Group of Senators for Supporting Ratification

USICD Statement on 2011 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 2, 2011

Prototype Global Disability Rights Library Launches
June 14, 2011

USICD Welcomes Suzanne Richard as Outreach Cooridinator
March 30, 2011

USICD in Solidarity with Japanese Disability Community
March 17, 2011

USICD Welcomes Esme Grant as new Disability Rights Educator
March 1, 2011

Media Release: Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library
January 6, 2011

On the Occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2010

USICD Submits Written Testimony for Senate Hearing
November 18, 2010

USICD Welcomes Sherzodbek Sharipov
September 10, 2010
USICD is pleased to announce the arrival of our first international fellow Sherzodbek Sharipov through the Atlas Corps Fellowship program.

Community Letter to Senators Kerry and Lugar on CRPD Ratification
July 29, 2010

Tony Coelho Calls for Your Support for CRPD Ratification
July 19, 2010

USICD Statement Recognizing 2010 International Women's Day
March 8, 2010

USICD Collaborates to Develop Global Disability Rights Library
March 4, 2010
USICD is collaborating with the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project to produce and distribute a Global Disability Rights Library for use in both developed and developing countries. This library will be an enhanced version of WiderNet’s eGranary Digital Library, an off-line information storage and collaboration platform that provides Internet-like access to digital resources without requiring Internet connectivity.

ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTIONS: ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
December 11, 2009
On Friday 11 December 2009, the Center for Legal Resources and INTERIGHTS filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of five patients who died at the Poiana Mare Psychiatric Hospital in the period January to February 2004.

USICD Statement Recognizing the 2009 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 3, 2009

The CRPD: Briefing for Americas Diplomatist Magazine
August 14, 2009

America and the CRPD: Editorial for Rehabilitation International Journal
August 3, 2009

Statement from USICD President Marca Bristo on the day of US signing
July 30, 2009

Americans with disabilities applaud President Obama’s intention to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
July 21, 2009
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), representing a broad constituency of Americans with disabilities and disability organizations, praised today’s announcement of President Barack Obama’s intention to sign the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).