The following guest post comes from Chicago's Access Living.
On December 3, the global community celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”, Access Living calls on the United States Senate to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international disability treaty designed to promote dignity, human rights, and inclusion for people with disabilities worldwide.
Inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities, the treaty serves as a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities. By joining over 135 countries and ratifying this treaty, the United States has an opportunity to have a seat at the table in developing these policies, and to make sure that the “gold standard” in disability rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, is the model upon which other countries create legislation with regard to people with disabilities.
“People with disabilities have built national support for the treaty,” said Marca Bristo, president & CEO of Access Living, and president of the United States International Council on Disabilities. “We will continue to push for treaty ratification and we will not stop until people with disabilities here in the US and abroad have equal rights and protections.”
In spite of widespread support from veterans service organizations, faith, human and civil organizations, business, and the disability community, as well as politicians on both sides of the aisle, the treaty fell just five votes short of ratification in a controversial Senate vote last December. Now, as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee engages in renewed discussions of the treaty, the Senate has a rare second chance to do the right thing and ratify the Disability Treaty. U.S. Senators Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk both support Senate Ratification of the Treaty.
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