December 4, 2012

U.S. Must Ratify World Rights of Disabled

Dole & Coelho, Reuters

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On Tuesday, Congress has a rare opportunity to share our disability rights commitment with other countries by ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This treaty provides a framework for countries to pass legislation that recognizes the rights of all people with disabilities and is based on our own ADA. It adopts the principles we pioneered through passage of the ADA: equal protection of every person, nondiscrimination, the fundamental importance of independent living and the right to make basic choices about our lives. By ratifying the treaty, the Senate will stand up for the equality and dignity of people with disabilities around the globe ‑ just as Congress did for Americans in 1990.

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