PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO VOTE TO RATIFY THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ( CRPD).
202-224-3121 or send an email at http://1.usa.gov/Senate
PLEASE CALL MONDAY IF YOU CAN. If you cannot, it’s OK to use email or call later in the week. Those who oppose the CRPD are pushing back hard. The treaty will come up for a hearing in November and the Senate needs to hear from you now! Call your Senators and ask them to support for and vote for the Convention! Protect all people with disabilities world-wide! It will also help greatly if you call the Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Bob Corker (202-224-3344) and ask his staff to support the CRPD.
Short Sample Message to Share with The Senate:
Here is a message you can use when you call or email:
Please vote to ratify the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Ratifying the CRPD is important so that America can lead the rest of the world to adopt legislation and policies that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, just as we have in the United States. The CRPD was modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its role in empowering people with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. The CRPD will protect Americans with disabilities who work and travel abroad, who face discrimination and other barriers. Thank you.
More About the CRPD
Ratifying the CRPD is important so that America can lead the rest of the world to adopt legislation and policies that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, just as we have in the United States. The CRPD was modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its role in empowering people with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
Ratifying the CRPD will enable America to provide leadership in bringing the rest of the world up to ADA Standards. It will enable us to encourage other countries to fight disability discrimination, provide greater civic and political participation, self-sufficiency, and independent living for people with disabilities. This is very important for the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities, 80% of whom live in developing countries.
Autism occurs throughout the world in people of all racial, ethnic and social backgrounds. But some foreign countries do not recognize the existence of autism. In those countries, people with autism may get no supports. They may be wrongly diagnosed with disorders they do not have. They may be assumed incapable of learning and working. They may be institutionalized, kept away from their families and communities. Ratifying the CRPD will enable the United States ensure that citizens of these countries who have autism are integrated in society and receive rights like those the Americans with Disabilities Act created for our country.
The CRPD will protect Americans with disabilities who work and travel abroad. These Americans face constant barriers and discrimination abroad. By ratifying the CRPD, the U.S. will offer decades of honed technical expertise to reduce barriers globally and ensure that Americans who travel and study abroad have the same access they enjoy here.
The CRPD will not cost the United States any extra money. The United States will not need to change its laws. We will continue to follow the laws we have about disabilities and other issues at the federal and state levels. Education, homeschooling, and parental rights will remain a matter of state law–the treaty will not change those rights at all. The treaty ratification documents contain “reservations” that protect these issues for state law. Some people think that the CPRD will somehow affect America’s homeschooling laws, but it won’t. Homeschooling will still be subject to state laws and those state laws won’t be changed by the CPRD (and cannot be changed by the CPRD). You can continue to homeschool just like you always do.
For the CRPD to be ratified by the United States, it must be approved by the U.S. Senate. This means that 67 Senators (2/3 of the Senate) must vote in favor. It is important that every Senator be contacted and asked to vote for ratification.
The CRPD has been scheduled for hearings on November 5 and November 12. After that, the entire Senate can consider it. That’s why its important for you to contact your Senators and ask them to support the CPRD. Contact your Senators’ office (preferably by phone call) and ask them to support the CRPD! Please tell your Senator’s staff, “I am a constituent from your state and I support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please support the Convention when it comes up for a vote. The CRPD is in the United States’ interests. It protects our citizens and veterans abroad, and it is vital to achieving the same goals as our disability laws, the ADA and many others.”
Call the general Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121
(TTY (202)-225-1904), and ask for your Senator. If you cannot call, send an email. All Senate email forms and direct dial phone numbers are also located at http://1.usa.gov/Senate. This will let you send an email directly to your Senator’s office. You can use information from this blog post if you like or you can use other information. If you call and are connected to voicemail, be sure to include your name, your phone number, and your city and state. This is how they will know that you are a person they represent (a constituent) and not someone from another state.
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