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Action Alert: Support the Office of International Disability Rights Act!

NCIL’s International Subcommittee, USICD, and NCIL are asking our members, the U.S. disability community and our allies, to respond by communicating your support for the bipartisan Office of International Disability Rights Act (H.R. 3373). The bill was introduced on June 20, 2019 by Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) and has 17 co-sponsors as of today. We have one Republican co-sponsor (Representative Don Young; R-AK) and need more to show strong bipartisan support for the bill.

The Office of International Disability Act establishes a permanent office at the U.S. Department of State. The bill also requires the appointment of a Special Advisor and mandatory disability inclusion training for all civil service, foreign service personnel, and chiefs of mission. Read the Office of International Disability Rights Act.

Please visit the USICD Call to Action web page to learn more and to download the Call to Action Packet (Word document). The packet contains a letter from USICD’s President, Dr. Patricia Morrissey and a sample letter to send to members of the House of Representatives. The last page of the packet contains a list of Representatives we would like you to contact as soon as possible. Please share this important announcement with your friends, family, and colleagues!

NCIL and USICD support establishing a permanent Office of International Disability Rights. We hope you can help!