Paralyzed Veterans of America calls for Senate ratification of CRPD Treaty
The Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has been signed by more than 150 countries addressing the equal rights of persons with disabilities. Countries that have ratified the treaty agree to undertake to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.
Ratification would require no changes to U.S. law, as the United States already leads the world in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. It would enshrine American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation. Ratification would position the United States to support extending across the globe the rights that Americans already enjoy at home. This in turn would improve the lives of Americans with disabilities -- including our wounded service members -- who wish to live, work, and travel abroad. It would also allow our businesses to operate on a more level playing field and reaffirm American leadership on disability rights.
The Administration will again submit the treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification in the 113th Congress, as required by the Constitution.
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