Welcome to USICD’s Blog!
Welcome to United States International Council on Disabilities’ first blog post. We intend to post blogs every week or so about USICD’s programs and efforts on behalf of the international disability community. Authors will include members of the USICD community, including members of our Board of Directors, our president, myself, staff, and guest authors who are experts in international disability issues.
As I write USICD’s first blog post, I’m so proud to be a part of the community that is coming together in support of the global disability rights movement. As a person with a disability, I’ve seen the world change dramatically in my relatively short lifetime.
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 20 years ago was a key moment, heralding the beginning of a great change in the way our society includes people with disabilities. Today, we stand poised on yet another great change—the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty does not create special rights for people with disabilities; rather it elaborates existing human rights within a disability context. In fact, it echoes many of the rights in ADA.
To date, CRPD has been ratified by 99 countries and signed by 147 countries. President Obama signed the CRPD in July 2009 but the United States has yet to ratify it. Ratification of the Convention requires a 67 vote from a super-majority of the U.S. Senate.
Currently, the Obama Administration is reviewing the treaty. After completion of this comprehensive review, it will go to the Senate for consideration, and we hope this might occur during the 112th Congress. In the upcoming weeks, look for posts here that will provide information and guidance on how the Convention is progressing and what you can do to move it forward.
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