Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) issues the following statement reiterating its support of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Treaty.
Echoing Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks today, Paralyzed Veterans’ National President Bill Lawson stated: “We give up nothing and get everything in return.”
“Paralyzed Veterans has long championed the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities, particularly those men and women who honorably served this nation. Ratification of this treaty would help to expand accessibility across the world for millions of people with disabilities.”
Lawson further stated: “This is one more step in ensuring that disabled veterans and all people with disabilities are able to maximize their independence, whether it be through education, employment or leisure activities across the world.”
“We strongly urge the Senate to vote in favor of the Treaty, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to international disability rights, and allowing the nation to lead the effort to ensure that any person with a disability is able to live, work, learn and travel around the world without barriers to access.”
The CRPD, modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), addresses the equal rights of persons with disabilities and has been signed by more than 150 countries. Countries who 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.”
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