Senators Urge Approval of UN Disability Treaty

In a rare show of bipartisanship, seven U.S. senators urged their colleagues to ratify a United Nations treaty protecting the rights of disabled people throughout the world.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed by President Obama in 2009 and submitted to the Senate this May, will provide disabled Americans who work and travel abroad — including disabled U.S. veterans — with many of the same protections they enjoy at home under the ADA. “The CRPD seeks to achieve the same goals worldwide and promote inclusion in all aspects of society,” said Marca Bristo, president of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities.

The seven senators who have announced their support of the CRPD are: John McCain, R-Ariz.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; John Barasso, R-Wy.; Chris Coons, D-Del.; and Tom Udall, D-N.M.

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