NAD Asks Deaf Community: Take Action to Support Disability Treaty NOW!

Yes, everyone should please call your Senators! The website can help you with phone numbers and a suggested script for what to say on the phone to Senators’ staff.  Yes, you can call over the weekend–voice mail messages are counted, too!  Yes, you can call the same Senators with the same messages multiple times: each call is still counted. Tired of calling your own Senators?  Consider calling the Senators listed at

If you’re in DC, please come to the Disability Treaty / CRPD Rally on July 29th! Learn the details at Or, even if you can’t go, please use the “Invite Friends” feature (a little down in the right column) to invite all your DC-area Facebook contacts to the Rally. Make sure everyone in DC knows this Rally is happening! People can take a long lunch break to attend!

Or if you’re new to the Disability Treaty and want to learn more about it first, try these:,, and  Or, if you’re ambitious, you can read the text of what the Disability Treaty itself says (it’s long!):

Join the July 29th Rally for the Disability Treaty in Washington DC!

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneWe are experiencing, right now, a make or break moment for ratifying the Disability Treaty.  On one hand, we are now closer to ratifying the Disability Treaty than we have been since 2012! But on the other we could still miss it—unless we have YOUR help in taking action!  We urgently need your involvement to give this treaty one big final push.

You may know that the Disability Treaty is a crucial international agreement protecting the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not. Not familiar with it?  Read a handout on the CRPD at, click here for more resources on the CRPD, or read the text of the Disability Treaty itself.  Learn why more than 800 disability, veterans, faith, business, and human rights organizations support it.

Please join the July 29 rally for the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) in Washington DC!  RSVP for the march and invite your friends via

The rally will gather at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29 on 3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW.CRPD graphic 0614  Please arrive PROMPTLY.

We also need YOU to CALL SENATORS and tell them to ratify the CRPD! And ask your friends all over USA to do the same! Find phone numbers and talking points at the Action Center at!  Finished calling your own Senators?  Ready for more phone calls? Consider calling some of our targeted Senators!


ALERT: Disability Treaty is Moving Again! We Need More of YOUR Phone Calls to Senators

Edited (July 24, 2014) to add this paragraph: The Disability Treaty has passed a major hurdle that we have been working toward during more than 18 months of sustained campaigning!  The treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) has been passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This means we are a major step closer to ratification–but we’re not there yet.  We still need your help calling Senators to ask them to ratify.  The Action Center at can help you with phone numbers and a script for talking with your Senators’ staff.  With the Disability Treaty passed out of committee, Senator Reid could schedule a Senate floor vote at any time.  Things may move VERY QUICKLY from here on out.  Although I try to post alerts here when I am able, sometimes there is simply too much to do.  The best way to ensure you don’t miss any important opportunities to take action is to subscribe to the CRPD Action Alert mailing list at

The text of the original blog post (posted on July 18) follows below:

Thank you to everyone who called their Senators this month and expressed support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)! Based on your incredible show of support, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez has scheduled a mark-up hearing on July 22nd! (Senators will propose and vote on Amendments for the CRPD, then vote it out of Committee).

We need your help! It is critical! We cannot stop now: The world is watching!

Your Senators need to hear again from you and know that you support the CRPD! Show the community is behind this treaty and that we want the process to keep moving forward to a Floor vote!

Visit our citizen action portal,www.disabilitytreaty.orgto find yourSenators information and CALL them! They need to see that we want this NOW or we will not succeed.

For examples on contacting your Senator through Twitter follow @Ashettle and @USICD and @AdvocatEquality.

You can make the CRPD Sticker your Facebook profile picture to encourage support by your friends Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneand family

​ Or, find more stickers at!

If you would like to the join the next National Youth and Campus leaders call, please contact Andrea Shettle at

YOUR International Travel Stories Could Help Global Disability Rights

CRPD_StickerAre you a person with a disability? Have you traveled or lived in a country other than the U.S.? Have you faced accessibility barriers or disability-based discrimination while in another country? Or, have you ever been unable to participate in an international exchange program because of accessibility barriers abroad?

YOUR story could help the U.S. ratify the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, This is an important international agreement to honor the civil rights of people with disabilities: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not.

  • Please take a few minutes to think of one specific incident in which you experienced problems in another country because of your disability.
  • OR, think about a time you couldn’t participate in an international exchange program or other international trip because of disability discrimination abroad.
  • Please write a few sentences about this one specific incident. Then, submit your story via the web at
  • You may have experienced problems on many occasions in another country. But we are asking you to choose ONE incident to describe.
  • Please submit multiple stories if you are able! We ask that each story describe a separate, single incident. 

Your story could be used to educate U.S. Senators about why 1 billion people with disabilities around the world need them to ratify the Disability Treaty (CRPD).  Learn more about the campaign for U.S. ratification of the CRPD at

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Join the Thunder for the “Disability Treaty” (#CRPD)!

Help bring attention to the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)!  We need the U.S. to ratify this important international human rights treaty protecting the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide.  Sign up your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account NOW to join the next “Thunder Clap It” for the CRPD at !

What’s A “Thunder Clap It”?

A “Thunder Clap It” is when 100 or more people sign on their Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account to all send out the same message at the same time to all their followers.  To participate, you need to sign up in advance.  The next CRPD “Thunder Clap It” will be at 2pm EST on June 10, 2014 (1pm Central Time, 11am Pacific Time).  Sign up BEFORE this time or you will miss the Thunder Clap.

How Do I Sign Up?

  • Go to this link:
  • A message will ask you to share a message to support the #CRPD.
  • You will find three buttons—one each for Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.  You need to have an account in at least one of these three in order to participate.
  • Click on whichever button is appropriate.  You will have an opportunity to personalize your message to your followers.
  • Hit the “Add My Support” button.
  • If you have successfully signed up, then you should appear at the top of the list of “Recent Supporters” in the right hand side bar.  Refresh the page if needed.

What Else?

Learn more about the CRPD and other ways to help at  Sign up for the CRPD “action alert” mailing list at the link!  Ask your friends to do the same!

U.S. Youth/Student Teleconference Call on International Disability Rights

Dear Disability Rights Supporters:

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer. What’s also heating up is the U.S. campaign for the “Disability Treaty”—an important international treaty upholding the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. We need youth, students, and other people like YOU to help! You might have missed the April 23rd teleconference call, but please don’t miss the next call on June 3rd led by Coalition leaders DREDF and USICD.

So far, 146 other countries have ratified the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). But the U.S. has not. And because many countries consider U.S. behavior as precedent for their own, that’s slowing down advances for disability rights around the world. People opposed to international treaties defeated us on our first try to ratify the CRPD in 2012. Please don’t let them win again. YOUR energy and passion could make the difference. We need you NOW to pass the CRPD in 2014!

Learn more about the “Disability Treaty” by visiting or by downloading a simple handout at

Want to join our next national teleconference call for youth and student CRPD supporters? This will be on June 3rd at 4pm EST (3pm Central Time, 1pm Pacific Time). CART will be available. Contact Andrea Shettle ( to learn how to join the call or to request a document that reviews some of the history of the CRPD and ideas for ways to help.

Please circulate this notice to relevant contacts.

National Youth/Student Disability Rights Teleconference Call

CRPD_StickerDear Disability Human Rights Advocates:

Are you ready to be involved with the national movement for international disability rights?  If so, you are invited to join the next national teleconference call for student and youth advocates at U.S. colleges/universities.  This call will be on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 4 pm EST (3 pm Central Time, 1 pm Pacific Time).  CART (live text transcription on line) will be available.

An important international “Disability Treaty” is being used around the world to promote the human rights of people with disabilities.  So far, 143 countries have ratified the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  But the U.S. has not yet joined them.  This has the potential to slow down advances in disability rights in other countries around the world.  We need student and youth volunteers and other campus leaders at U.S. colleges/universities to help change that.  People like YOU!

The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) have been leading a coalition of more than 800 disability, veterans’ human rights, international development, humanitarian, business, and religious organizations in support of U.S. ratification of the Disability Treaty (CRPD).  USICD and DREDF also have been helping guide student and youth leaders in mobilizing their campus communities to take action in support of the CRPD.

If you’re new to the Disability Treaty, learn the basics in this one-page flyer at and visit http://disabilitytreaty.orgThen join the call on April 23rd to learn the latest news about the national movement for U.S. ratification of the CRPD.  Find out what other advocates have been doing at U.S. colleges and universities to support the movement.  Bring your energy, idealism, and passion to the call!  Let us help you consider how you can help!

Please contact Andrea Shettle at to learn how to dial into the April 23rd call or how to connect to the on-line CART service (live text transcription of the call).  Or, if you cannot join this call, please still contact me to receive materials that can help you think about ways to support the national movement.  Join forces with advocates across the country!  Together, we have POWER!

Know others who might be interested in joining this call?  Please circulate this notice as appropriate.