GettingHired Supports Ratification of the Disability Rights Treaty (CRPD)

This past Tuesday, GettingHired attended the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to stand with 700+ disability, civil rights, faith based, and veterans organizations, calling for immediate ratification of the Disability Rights Treaty, formally known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Since its creation in 2006, the Disability Rights Treaty has served to ensure equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities across the globe. This important Treaty, which was based off of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is the driving force for the creation of universal legislation and policies that support the rights of individuals with disabilities around the world. The CRPD has been signed and ratified by 138 countries since its inception.

In December 2012, the US came close to ratifying the Disability Rights Treaty but support from senators fell short by 5 votes. With another vote pending, the Senate hearing on Tuesday served to provide leaders with bipartisan testimony on this issue from a panel of subject manner experts. The Senate will hold second hearing before making their final vote on ratification.

Though the hearing witnesses showed strong bipartisan support for the Treaty, there is no guarantee that it will obtain the votes it needs for ratification. Join us in getting involved and let your Senator know that you support this important issue by adding your signature to the campaign for ratification of the CRPD.