We need your help.

Nov 11, 2013

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a treaty that was signed by President Obama in 2009. Countries that ratify the treaty must promote, protect, fulfill and ensure the rights of people with disabilities. The treaty addresses disability rights on a global scale, and it would work in tandem with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities in the United States in all aspects of life, including global travel and international work opportunities.

Discrimination against disabilities is a universal issue and this treaty ensures inherent dignity, non-discrimination, accessibility, equal opportunity, and full inclusion in society for our community.

Knowing how important this treaty is it was incredibly disappointing when on December 4, 2012, the US Senate failed to ratify the treaty, after a vote of 61 in favor and 38 against - just 5 votes shy of the 2/3 majority needed to ratify a treaty. That vote marked a significant setback for disability rights in the United States and throughout the Country. Over 138 other countries have signed on to support this treaty. Ratifying this treaty is imperative to ensure that disability rights are protected and improved upon in this country and others.

We need your help. In the next few weeks Congress will be holding a series of hearings on this issue. We need you to reach out and let them know how important this is to you! We've identified specific Senators we need to reach who have Quality of Life Programs in their state. We want these Senators to support the treaty. A great way for them to see the value in disability programs is to point out ones that are in their state!

You can help, here's how:

Please call or email your Senator urge them to ratify the treaty.

Take action:

If you are reaching out by phone, you may use the following talking points:

Note: The more personal you make your message, the more impact it will have.

  • Hello, as a constituent, and someone who works directly with the disability community in your state, I want to ask your support of for the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Discrimination against disability is a universal issue. This treaty ensures that disability rights are protected and improved upon in this country and others.
  • Programs in your state are making an impact in the quality of life for individuals with disabilities on a daily basis.
  • Some of these programs are supported through a public/private partnership by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and they have a direct impact on the disability community in your state.
  • It is critical that all those living with spinal cord injury and disability, here and abroad have access to the same services, supports and rights as the rest of society. This treaty will help make that happen.
  • On behalf of all those impacted by disability, please support ratification of this treaty.

Take action now so the paralysis community isn't affected later.

Thank you.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

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