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Support CRPD Ratification: Participate in A National Call Day and Sign-On Letter!

CRPD Yes! 2012 sign

Source: U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD); Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

After months of action by the disability community, a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be held on the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012. It is vital that Americans with and without disabilities make support for the CRPD heard in the Senate.

Sign- On Letter

A letter (PDF) has been developed for members of the disability community and our allies to show our support for the CRPD to the Committee. You can sign on as an individual or, if authorized, as an organization by noon Eastern tomorrow, July 11, 2012. 

National Call Day: Wednesday, July 11th

The Home School Legal Defense Association has activated national calls in opposition to the CRPD based on inaccurate statements about the treaty. They will not stop us with stall tactics or erroneous interpretations of the treaty language. Make a call to your Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11, and tell them that the disability community needs their support!


“Senator, I am a constituent from your state and I support the CRPD. I look to you to attend the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on July 12th and to support ratification. The CRPD is in the United States’ interests, protects our citizens with disabilities and veterans abroad, and honors the Americans with Disabilities Act.”


  • Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA): 202-224-4651
  • Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN): 202-224-6797
  • Senator John Barrasso (R-WY; Cosponsor of the CRPD): 202-224-6441
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA): 202-224-3553
  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD): 202-224-4524
  • Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA): 202-224-6324
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE; Cosponsor of the CRPD): 202-224-5042
  • Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): 202-224-3344
  • Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC): 202-224-6121
  • Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL; Cosponsor of the CRPD): 202-224-2152
  • Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK): 202-224-4721
  • Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA): 202-224-3643
  • Senator Mike Lee (R-UT): 202-224-5444
  • Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ): 202-224-4744
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): 202-224-3041
  • Senator Jim Risch (R-ID): 202-224-2752
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH): 202-224-2841
  • Senator Tom Udall (D-NM; Cosponsor of the CRPD): 202-224-6621
  • Senator Jim Webb (D-VA): 202-224-4024