NAD Joins Celebration for International Week of the Deaf
Did you know…?
· A new international human rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), recognizes the inclusion of sign language and deaf culture in society.
· 134 countries have ratified the CRPD since 2006— but NOT the U.S.! We are behind!
· More than 650 U.S. organizations want to change that; these include the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD).
· Please join us during the International Week of the Deaf from September 23-27, 2013.
What’s the latest?
· We need a two-thirds “super majority” vote in the US Senate to ratify the CRPD (67 votes).
· The Senate held a vote on the treaty in December 2012. The vote lost by only five votes.
· Organizations opposed to international treaties fought against the CRPD with a campaign of misinformation. They helped defeat the treaty last December.
· The Senate has the power to schedule a new vote. Senators will