National Association of the Deaf

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