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Immediate Advocacy Required for International Disability Rights Accord!

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833

The US Senate is currently considering the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Like all such international agreements, ratification requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate. The CRPD is the most comprehensive and sweeping statement to have ever been crafted in international law in defense of the human dignity and civil rights of people with disabilities of all ages. Even so, as a so-called non-self-executing instrument, the CRPD creates no new obligations on the US but merely, though significantly, would help the US maintain its preeminent status as the leading defender of the rights and liberties of all people with disabilities. Notwithstanding this important objective, and in spite of the legally innocuous nature of the CRPD's impact on US domestic disability law and policy, elements of the so-called far right have been lately successful at persuading a number of Senators that ratification of the CRPD would, among other far fetched conspiracy theories, empower the UN to abrogate US sovereignty to protect the right of parents to homeschool their children with disabilities.

With a final vote on the CRPD expected any day, and a variety of harmful amendments thought to be in the wings, the disability community is mobilizing to flood the Senate with calls. In particular, on MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, the community is celebrating the International Day of People with Disabilities by making our voices clearly heard. At this important moment, we are facing lies from the opposition including that the treaty will sexualize children and hurt people with disabilities! Some 36 Senators have already endorsed a letter to Senate leadership expressing their displeasure with consideration of the CRPD now; the opposition appears to be willing to stop at nothing to spread extremist libel against the CRPD in order to advance some sort of peculiar anti-UN agenda.

The message to the Senate is simple:

"I am a person with a disability and/or advocate and I am counting on you to vote YES for the CRPD without new amendments."

To contact your US Senatores, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. The following Senate offices have been identified as key targets for advocacy:

Isakson (GA)

Chambliss (GA)

Grassley (IA)

Moran (KS)

Blunt (MO)

Heller (NV)

Hutchison (TX)

Hatch (UT)

Want to read the official resolution of ratification and treaty package or get more information? Visit the following links:


CRPD Treaty Package: df/CDOC-112tdoc7.pdf

Resolution of Advice/Consent:


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