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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 change their vote with YOUR help!

·       Opponents are still working against us.  YOU can help us fight back! 

So, what can I do?

·       NAD, USICD, and other partners are using the International Week of the Deaf to unify deaf and hard of hearing people and hearing allies in support of the CRPD.

·       Please call/email US Senators and ask them to ratify the CRPD using info from

·       If you are in DC September 23-27, 2013, you can join groups to meet Senators and staff.

·       Please contact Andrea Shettle at ashettle (at) usicd (dot) org to become involved in any of these activities. 

·       Also visit these websites for more information on the CRPD and for upcoming announcements: & &



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