June 18, 2012, Hearing Loss Association of America sent letters to the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, and the Ranking Member of that committee, Senator Richard Lugar, urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the entire U.S. Senate to act quickly to ratify the U. N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. HLAA was honored to be present at the ceremony when US at the UN in July, 2009 when the US signed onto CRPD. We were thrilled to learn of the submission of CRPD by the Obama Administration to the U.S. Senate for ratification. Moreover we applaud the unified statement of bipartisan support for United States ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that has been issued by seven senators. In their statement, Senators McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Moran (R-KS), Harkin (D-IA), Barrasso (R-WY), Coons (D-DE), and Udall (D-NM) affirm that the treaty upholds the American values of non-discrimination and equal access for persons with disabilities in all areas of life.
At the point the U.S. ratifies the CRPD, we would be joining 114 other countries that have already ratified the Convention. Ratification of the CRPD will allow U.S. participation at the CRPD Conference of States Parties and permit the U.S. to appoint a member of the CRPD Committee. Through these mechanisms, the U.S. can provide and influence guidance on the implementation of the treaty and lend its expertise as more countries develop their own disability rights laws. No changes to U.S. law are required by ratification.