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You’re Invited: Community Leadership Call for the CRPD with Special Guest Senator Tom Harkin!

Student from Ghana holds CRPD support signSource: USICD / DREDF

The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) invite you to a community leadership call on Thursday, May 16th, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the status and plan for impending hearings on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international disability rights treaty.

In 2012, over 350 disability organizations were involved in calling for the ratification of the CRPD by the U.S. Senate to support the rights, dignity, and equality of people with disabilities around the world.  In December, the Senate failed to ratify the treaty, missing the super-majority by only five votes.  The treaty has returned as a Senate priority in 2013 and support for ratification is only growing, with over 500 disability organizations and 22 veteran service organizations joined together for ratification.

This convening is meant to update the community on the treaty’s status and to discuss ways that the community can come together for the dignity of the disability community in the U.S. and abroad. 

RSVP online. Dial-in and CART service information will be distributed following RSVP.