The United Nations Disabilities Treaty is Up for Vote Again in the US Senate

The MSS Activism Team simplified access to contact your local Senator to voice your support for the United Nations Civil Rights Treaty for People with Disabilities.

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The disability treaty is once again going to be considered by the U.S. Senate for ratification and your Senators need to hear your voice! Ratification of this treaty will improve the lives of persons with disabilities worldwide and make it easier for Americans including our veterans traveling or living overseas and will create new markets for American businesses that are world leaders in disability technology and equipment! Please click here to send a message to your Senators asking them to urge Senate Foreign Relations chair Robert Menendez (NJ) to schedule hearings so that the treaty can move to the full Senate for a vote.

Please take action now – the opponents of the treaty are out in force and Senate offices are hearing a lot more from them than from supporters, so it’s critical to contact your Senators today!

Thank you for your help!

This was my personal note to NJ Senator Chiesa;
As a disabled American, I promote and support the UN Disabilities Treaty.
The US may believe we have the ‘Golden Standard,’ in reality, more can be done to improve the quality of life for each and every disabled and chronically ill American.
To deny this Treaty is to deny equality for ALL human beings for no one ever knows when s/he or a loved one can be struck with a devastating medical condition.

Disability knows no bounds and in response, compassion and equality toward people with disabilities worldwide must know no bounds.

Vote YES for the UN Disabilities Treaty.

An Unspeakable History: The US Senate and the UN Disabilities Treaty

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 proved to be a sad day for civil rights the disabled worldwide. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or CRPD was rejected by the US Senate.

Senator James Inhole a Republican from Oklahoma gave one reason for his NAY. He said, ‘the US has the Gold Standard for the Disabled.’
Sounds true.
Sounds American.

The US of A is the land of liberty, freedom and justice for all. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” has been stamped on the Statue of Liberty advertising a better life, a country with roads paved in gold. The US prides itself on being the trailblazer for democracy and humanitarianism.

After all in 1990 the US passed the American Disabilities Act magically, you saw electric blue universal handicapped icons plastered in every parking lot, public bathrooms and movie theaters; plastered at every train station, on select train cars and buses. The disabled became embraced US citizens with all access to the golden pathways, railroad tracks and local malls.
But the truth was and continues to be, not every train station had a ramp and not every train stop had an elevator and not every destination adhered to the new ADA accessibility Code. In 2008, the ADA was amended because even Congress recognized disabled civil rights were prevented due to prejudice, antiquated attitudes and failure to remove social and institutional barriers.
If the US Senate and Senator Inhone are suggesting the USA has effectively and completely established and implemented the ‘golden standard’ for the disabled constituting 18.7% of the total American population, then I must ask, “why are 28% of the disabled living in poverty in the US?”
Sen. Inhole please explain how come the 9/11 first responders who are disabled with multiple medical and respiratory issues are not receiving benefits?
Or medication?
Why are these one-time glorified superheroes reduced to disabled desperados?
Why are their streets paved in ash?

The disabled American’s street is paved in fool’s gold.

One hundred and twenty-six nations have approved the UN Disabilities Treaty, and the USA, the land of hope, opportunity and justice for all fails to stand up for what is right and good for American citizens, citizens of the world, disabled and able-bodied alike.We are not universal icons plastered in public places; we are not statistics to compile for bureaucratic composition or compost.

We aspire to live our lives to the best of our disabilities, sounds true because it is true.

If only the US Senate would allow us global civil rights, allow us to access to the streets paved in gold beside them.
Sounds true, sounds American even.

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