Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Passes Senate Committee

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) out of committee with a vote of 12-6. Advocates are hopeful that it will be put to a floor vote in the Senate this week, prior to the August recess. The Treaty is supported by nearly 850 disability organizations (including The Arc of the US and many chapter affiliates), civil rights groups, faith organizations, veterans groups, and major business groups including the Chamber of Commerce. Members of The Arc will be joining hundreds of other advocates on July 29th for a march and rally hosted by the National Council on Independent Living in support of CRPD. To learn more about CRPD, 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.