ANCOR has invited David Morrissey of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) to brief ANCOR members on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that will promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities worldwide.
The CRPD was signed most recently by the United States on July 30, 2009, and was transmitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification last May. In July, the treaty received a favorable bipartisan report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (13-6). More than 500 disability organizations have called for its ratification. On December 4, 2012, the treaty fell five votes short of the 2/3 needed for ratification. ANCOR has been working continuously with numerous other disability advocacy groups to urge the U.S Senate to ratify the treaty in the current session of Congress. The Senate plans to bring the CRPD back for a floor vote this summer.
Though the treaty will not alter U.S. law, a massive campaign organized by opponents to put pressure on lawmakers to vote against ratification led to its defeat, with opposing constituents voicing an opinion outnumbering those supporting 50 to 1. Opponents have circulated incorrect information about the treaty, resulting in confusion and misconceptions about what ratification would mean. It is vitally important that ANCOR members and other stakeholders counter the opposition campaign through organized advocacy to ensure that the United States remains a global leader in disability rights.
This webinar will update our members on the treaty's current status and discuss ways the disability community and advocates can come together for the dignity of the disability community in the U.S. and abroad.
David Morrissey is the Executive Director of the United Stated International Council on Disabilities. He has worked to advance missions of HIV/AIDS care and prevention, disability and independent living, and community volunteerism. He has presented internationally on developing disabled people’s organizations and the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, with particular focus on Vietnam and its disability community. As the 2007 Disability Policy Leadership Fellow for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Morrissey was on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Expert Working Group on Transition at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. In 2010, he served as Private Sector Advisor in the United States delegation to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. human rights record. Morrissey was a member of the inaugural class of the Clinton School of Public Service where he earned his Master of Public Service degree and conducted service projects in the Arkansas Delta and in Vietnam.
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