US CRPD Ratification Resources

CRPD_StickerHere you can find tools and resources to educate yourself about the “disabilities treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD), learn how to keep up with CRPD action alerts and news, and take action!

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CRPD 101 Materials

Each of these should take about 5 minutes to review.

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CRPD 102 Materials

These materials will take longer to review.  For people who want to learn more.

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How to Contact Senators

The most important starting point for every advocate is: talk with U.S. Senators. Ask them to support U.S. ratification of the CRPD!  Email them, call them, visit their office, tag them in tweets about the CRPD, leave messages on their Facebook page.  Phone calls and office visits are best if you can.  But emails and other ways of communicating still help too.  Want to do more? Check the section on “Ideas for Taking Action” further below.

  • CRPD Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org: This Action Center supplies you with phone numbers and a script for calling the two Senators for your state. It also allows you to sign a petition and send emails and twitter messages to Senators.
  • Senate Contact List: Ratify CRPD’s listing of all 100 US senators and their DC and local phone numbers, emails, Twitter addresses, and Facebook pages (Word file)
  • Phone numbers and email addresses for Senators who especially need to hear from CRPD advocates.
  • USICD’s “handy sheet” with DC phone numbers, Twitter addresses, and Facebook pages for all 100 US senators (PDF)
  • How to Meet Your Senator:  A personal visit to the office of a Senator has the strongest impact.  Each Senator has at least one office in his or her state.  This handout guides you through the process of scheduling a  meeting with either the Senator or his/her legislative assistant for foreign relations issues.
  • General tip: Calls from a Senator’s own constituents (i.e., from the state they represent) usually have the strongest impact. Call your Senators! (And/or email them.)
  • That said, you can call Senators from ANY state.  If you have time to call more than two Senators, please do!

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What to Say to Senators

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But Which Senators Do I Talk To?

  • As a general rule, always start with your own two Senators.  It is good for all Senators to be aware that many members of the disability community support the CRPD no matter how they intend to vote.  The Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org can help you identify your Senators and provides their phone numbers and a suggest script.
  • Consider also calling Senator Harry Reid (Nevada).  Make sure he knows that you want him to call a vote on the “Disability Treaty” (CRPD) in September.  In his role as the Senator who schedules votes for the Senate, he represents all Americans.
  • Although Senators heavily prioritize their own constituents, communication from people in other states do still have some impact.  There are different lists of “target” Senators floating around, so depending on your sources you may see different Senators on different lists, though with some overlap.  One list is provided at this link: “Ask These Senators to Ratify the CRPD!”

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Sign-On Letters & Action Alerts

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More Resources for Advocates

  • Ratify CRPD Facebook group: Use this Facebook page to exchange ideas with other advocates on how to take action. Report what you did and what the results were so others can be inspired to emulate you!
  • Students4CRPD Facebook group: Students and faculty at US colleges and universities are using this Facebook page to organize themselves.
  • USICD Facebook group: The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is one of the key organizations leading the effort for US ratification of the CRPD.
  • The DisabilityTreaty.org website by USICD makes it easy to take action in support of the treaty.
  • Don’t overlook the links in the CRPD 101 and CRPD 102 sections above. Some of those links have tools helpful to advocates, particularly in educating others.
  • Trying to spread the word about the CRPD? Find handouts you may want to print and disseminate at http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/tools-and-resources.

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Ideas for Taking Action!

  • Talk to your senators! (See the sections further above on “How to Contact Senators” and “What to Say to Senators). Phone calls are best, but emails are also good. The CRPD Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org/action will be helpful to you.
  • Educate yourself about the CRPD. Then educate your friends, family, colleagues, etc.  (See  CRPD 101 and CRPD 102 sections above for educational materials.)
  • Ask friends and family to talk to their senators.  And, talk with your own senators–again!
  • Consider “borrowing” extra senators from other states and talk with them, too.  Find Senators who particularly need to hear from CRPD advocates here.  Although Senators strongly prefer hearing from residents of their own state, they do also count calls from other states.
  • Yes, you can contact the same Senators on the same issue many times.  Each phone call is counted.  This is partly a numbers game: the side that generates the most phone calls to Senators is more likely to win.
  • Ask friends and family to sign the CRPD petition.
  • Consider organizations you know or are involved with. Ask if they have sent a letter of support for the CRPD to Senators: see examples from other organizations in the left hand sidebar of the CRPD supporters page at USICD’s website.  Ask them to post their letter on their web site.  Alert USICD so they can post a link to the letter from their website.  Letters are welcome from disability, veterans, faith, business, parents, human rights, social justice, international development, and humanitarian organizations. In short, any organization that believes in equality and the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
  • Talk about the CRPD in social media–Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, blogs, etc.! (In Twitter and Tumblr, use hashtags #ISupportCRPD, #CRPD, and #DisabilitiesTreaty).  Encourage your US followers to use the CRPD Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org to take action!
  • More ideas for how to help in this brief hand out: http://bit.ly/ActionCRPD
  • Visit http://facebook.com/RatifyCRPD for more ideas from other ordinary advocates like YOU!  Also, “like” and “share” the page with your Facebook friends.
  • For students and faculty at US colleges and universities, visit http://facebook.com/Students4CRPD.
  • Talk with senators! (Yeah, again!)  And ask everyone you can think of to talk with them, too!

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CRPD News and Updates

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