One billion people with disabilities around the world confront discrimination at every turn. Society excludes them from education, employment, basic health care services, travel and transportation, and even the opportunity to live with their own families in the community.
The “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is the first international human rights treaty to address these inequities. So far, 141 countries have ratified it. And these countries are slowly starting to revise their laws to be more consistent with the intent and spirit of the Disability Treaty.
But the United States is behind. We have not yet ratified the CRPD. Instead, this important treaty is stuck in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Please help fix that! Tell Senators you want them to return to negotiations and move the CRPD toward ratification!
Please sign and disseminate the petitions:
- For youth under age 30 and for students of all ages: http://bit.ly/Youth4CRPD
- For all people of all ages: http://bit.ly/CRPDpetition
Want to do more? Educate yourself about the treaty and use the action center at http://disabilitytreaty.org.
Are you at a U.S. college or university? Want to help mobilize other people at your U.S. college or university to take action on the CRPD? Please communicate with Andrea Shettle at firstname.lastname@example.org about how to get involved! Tell her you saw this via the Rambling Justice blog.