Did You Know…?
- 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.
- The Senate has the power to schedule a new vote. Senators will change their vote with YOUR help!
- Opponents are still working against us. YOU can help us fight back!
So, what can I do?
- NAD, USICD, and other partners are using the International Week of the Deaf to unify deaf and hard of hearing people and hearing allies in support of the CRPD.
- Please call/email US Senators and ask them to ratify the CRPD: download a Word file with complete contact information for all U.S. Senators , or visit senate.gov) (Please note this is primarily for people in the U.S., particularly people who can vote in the U.S. or will soon be a U.S. voter)
- If you are in DC September 23-27, 2013, you can join groups to meet Senators and their staff.
- Please contact Andrea Shettle at firstname.lastname@example.org to become involved in any of these activities.
- Also visit these websites for more information on the CRPD and for upcoming announcements: http://disabilitytreaty.org (CRPD Information) http://tinyurl.com/DeafWeek (Deaf week CRPD action) http://tinyurl.com/NAD4CRPD (NAD on the CRPD) http://facebook.com/RatifyCRPD (Facebook page for grassroots CRPD supporters)
http://facebook.com/Students4CRPD (Facebook page for college/university students and faculty who support CRPD)