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Disability Treaty

The U.S. Senate should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to affirm the rights of Americans with disabilities--including veterans--working, traveling, studying and living abroad.

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What We Are Trying to Accomplish: Ratification (passage) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (known as the “Disability Treaty”) because it is the best way to remove barriers and discrimination against people with disabilities throughout the world.  

Why It’s Important: American leadership is needed worldwide in setting standards around disability technology and devices. Only with ratification of the treaty will America ensure a ‘seat at the table’ as these worldwide standards are being established. U.S. leadership on disability rights at an international level will lead to a more accessible world where Americans with disabilities—including veterans—will have increased independence to continue to work, serve, study, live or travel abroad.  Ratification of the Disability Treaty will also reduce barriers for persons with disabilities through changing attitudes and perceptions around the world.

Updates: In December 2012, the U.S. Senate voted on but failed to pass the Disability Treaty by a narrow margin. In the current Congress, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced the treaty, but insufficient votes existed for the full Senate to vote on the treaty.

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