The 650 Million with Disabilities are Awaiting an Answer: Ask Your Senator to Support the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

By Jay Ruderman
Rarely have countries the world over banded together and, overlooking their many differences, resolved to do something about discrimination against people with disabilities.
It all started in 1981 when the UN declared the beginning of the “Decade of Disabled Persons.” But it‘s taken another 30 years for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to gain momentum around the globe.
In 2006, the UN Assembly Adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and, in the years since, many countries have gradually ratified this treaty. But it has a long way to go with the 650 million people around the world with disabilities still waiting for equal rights, true protection and equitable access under the law.
Why are disabilities rights and human rights activists so passionate about the convention? In it are provisions to not only protect those with disabilities from abuse and discrimination – all too common problems even in 2012 – but it is also designed to protect their rights in education, housing, healthcare and employment, long areas where they continue suffer a host of injustices in countries around the world.
In the US, the push is at a pivotal point since, although officials signed the convention in 2009, the Obama administration is now asking the Senate to grant final approval of the treaty. The pressure is on because the U.N. is planning to convene a committee in September to oversee the convention and, should Senate approval not be given by then, the U.S. would not be in a position to lead the way.
Please join me letting our senators know how important protecting the rights of those with disabilities is to all of us and those who can not speak up for themselves.
— Jay Ruderman


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2 responses to “The 650 Million with Disabilities are Awaiting an Answer: Ask Your Senator to Support the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  1. Mary Ann Calzada

    NO NO NO! We do not want decisions for Americans made by the UN! This convention is written with an incredible amount of latitude and gives the UN the ability to legislate law on US soil.

    Do you want Americans making decisions for Americans or do you want someone in the Hague who is completely disconnected from you and has no allegiance or accountability to you whatsoever in an electoral process telling you what to do?

    This gives sweeping control to the UN. As a parents of TWO children with special needs, I want to make the decisions and not someone 3,000 miles away.

    These protections already exist in the Americans with Disabilities Act. State sovereignty as it pertains to disability law will be taken away and given to the UN.

    People are jumping the gun thinking that this is good – for 3rd world countries with no disability laws, possibly but for the US it is NOT going to make things better. Other countries can vote to ratify but not the US. We already address our disability issues.

    Do you want the UN to decide your child’s special education program? Decide on what is best for their care and medical well-being?
    Take a look at the resolution and look at the far-reaching ramifications it could have due to the weak language.

    Tell your Senators NO
    This is a political move on the part of the president to take away rights of parents and rights of all Americans when it comes to our own sovereignty. The UN does not decide for Americans – Americans do!

  2. Far from the UN deciding anyone’s program the CRPD shows that the US is part of the world community on the rights and value of people with disabilities. Ratifying the CRPD does not require change in existing US law, and does not carry the force of law in the US. It does, at a very high level, hold us accountable to our words. The CRPD has been ratified by over 100 countries and it will only benefit people in the US, and the world.

    Steven M. Eidelman

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