Measure fell short in Senate vote today

Washington, DC (December 4, 2012) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) issued the following statement in response to the vote in the U.S. Senate today on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The treaty was defeated by a vote of 61-38.

The CRPD is an international treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, and signed by the United States in 2009. However, in order for the treaty to be implemented, it must be ratified by the U.S. Senate. The treaty would serve as an important link between the United States and the international disability community, and ensure that American citizens living and traveling abroad would have the same protections and access as they do in the United States. UCP and a broad coalition of advocacy groups have been working together to urge the Senate to ratify the treaty.

“United Cerebral Palsy is very disappointed that the Senate did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) today. The CRPD is a critical step forward for the international disability community, but also for the estimated 57 million Americans living with disabilities—it would help to increase accessibility, opportunity and independence on a global scale,” said Stephen Bennett, former President & CEO of UCP. “We will continue to work together with our partners in the disability community to push for the ratification of the CRPD and to ensure a life without limits for people living with disabilities around the world.”


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