Help U.S. Ratify the Deaf-Friendly International Treaty!
Originally posted at my other blog, Rambling Justice. Taken from a flyer being circulated by USICD and NAD
- A new international human rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), recognizes the inclusion of sign language and deaf culture in society.
- 134 countries have ratified the CRPD since 2006— but NOT the U.S.! We are behind!
- More than 650 U.S. organizations want to change that; these include the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD).
- Please join us during the International Week of the Deaf from September 23-27, 2013.
What’s the latest?
- We need a two-thirds “super majority” vote in the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRPD (67 votes).
- The Senate held a vote on the treaty in December 2012. The vote lost by only five votes.
- Organizations opposed to international treaties fought against the CRPD with a campaign of misinformation. They helped defeat the treaty last December.
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