Support US Ratification of #CRPD #Disability Treaty!
If you care about social justice, equality, and human rights for all people … if you are an American veteran or a person with disabilities or love someone who is … then please take action in the campaign for US ratification of the disability treaty. Ask your US senators to vote YES to ratify the CRPD Disability Treaty in 2013.
This may sound like something that shouldn’t need your help. Because, who would be against people with disabilities? But we lost our first attempt to get the CRPD ratified in the US in December 2012 due to a campaign of mis-information from opponents. And the opponents have not stopped. We cannot allow this defeat to happen again. The disability, veterans, faith, business, and social justice communities have come back in 2013. More than 500 organizations across the US are working hard on US ratification of the CRPD. But we need your help in talking with your senators to make it happen.
The slide show below gives a brief overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, also known as the “disability treaty”). It covers:
- What the CRPD is,
- Why it matters to people with disabilities around the world,
- Why US ratification is important even though we already have the Americans with Disabilities Act, and
- Simple actions that people can take to help.
Also visit a great website that has more extensive materials on the CRPD disability treaty and the campaign for US ratification at http://www.disabilitytreaty.org. This includes materials and resources for advocates, such as fact sheets that expose some of the myths and mis-information being disseminated by treaty opponents.
If you have 48 minutes to spare to learn more about the CRPD and the history of the campaign for US ratification, watch this great new webinar video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4LHXZyHERU&feature=youtu.be. Yes, it has captions for deaf and hard of hearing people (and others who need them).