Hearing Loss Association of American, along with many other disability organizations united in their support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), urges members of the US Senate to ratify CRPD. The US International Council on People with Disabilities (USICD) notes their website:
As the Senate session closed on Thursday, August 2, Senator Reid made a point to state his support for the bipartisan effort to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Senators Durbin (D-IL), McCain (R-AZ), Kerry (D-MA), Moran (R-KS), Coons (D-DE), Barrasso (R-WY), Harkin (D-IA), and Udall (D-NM) have all joined together to lead the support of the CRPD. In his statement, Senator Reid acknowledged this tremendous bipartisanship and the importance of ratifying the CRPD:
“This Convention is a another step towards ensuring that all people with a disability, in any country, are treated with dignity and given the right to achieve to their full potential . . . Just like passing the Americans with Disabilities Act, ratifying this Convention is, quite simply, the right thing to do.” Senator Reid, Senate Majority Leader.
What’s Next: As the Senate enters into their August recess, our goal is to secure the votes in order to achieve a successful Senate floor vote in September. We urge you to contact your senators’ local offices to request a visit with the senator while they are back home in your state so you can ask them to pledge support. You can also ask the local office about the town hall meetings or picnics they are attending in August; please attend these events and ask them to support CRPD. http://www.usicd.org/template/index.cfm