Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Update

Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) met with members of the disability advocacy community to ask for continued support in urging the Senate’s passage of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The treaty has been placed on the agenda of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting for mark-up on Tuesday, July 22. Supporters are hopeful that the treaty will pass out of committee and go to the Senate floor for a vote the week of July 28.

The Treaty was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 13, 2006 and was signed by President Obama on June 30, 2009. The Senate took the treaty up for consideration in December of 2012 but fell five votes short of the 67 needed for ratification. To learn more, please see The Arc’s fact sheet and blog entry, as well as a video message from Sen. Harkin. To contact your Senator about this critical issue, please visit The Arc’s Action Center or Tweet using #ISupportCRPD.

One thought on “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Update

  1. we need more lawyers who will help out and help these kids . my son has gone through school *west high sioux city iowa* with no one in his corner till now * disabilities of iowa * we couldnt afford a lawyer so all said let it go and move on ( they called it moving forword i call it throwing in the towel ). even with disabilities of iowa on his side , they are not lawyers .my son missed out on 7 years of schooling because the teachers couldnt handle his touretts and autism * quirks *.they even went as far as violating his civil liberties *by segragating him from other students just because he makes odd noises and couldnt work in groups , said he was distracting the kids who are really trying to get education . to many teachers see ld *learning disabled * as a crutch all because he couldnt handle groups . many of these kids who get shoved through the system end up on aid and then we the tax payers complain about footing the bills . how about making teachers more accountable and if a kid falls behind then the teacher or school looses funding .NO KID SHOULD BE SHOVED THROUGH THE SYSTEM .

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