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Alexander Van Hook, the 2014 Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Intern at the NAD shares an update regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

http://nad.org/blogs/07/26/2014/crpd-…

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ALEXANDER: Hello everyone! My name is Alexander Van Hook and I am the 2014 Nancy J. Bloch Leadership and Advocacy Scholarship intern at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

I have exciting news to share! On July 22nd, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was voted out of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee! This means that the full Senate will have an opportunity to vote on ratifying the CRPD, and this might happen the week of July 28th.

If the Senate ratifies the CRPD, a United Nations treaty, the USA can become a part of the worldwide effort to make society accessible everywhere. American businesses and organizations can contribute with accessible ideas and products, making it possible for every deaf and hard of hearing person and a person with disability to work anywhere, travel anywhere, and study anywhere! What could be better than that?

This is the second time the Senate has a chance to ratify the CRPD. President Barack Obama signed the CRPD in 2009, and the Senate almost ratified it in December 2012 but was short by only five votes.

YOU can help! Please call your Senators to encourage them to vote YES on the CRPD! Tell them you want to be full citizens of the world and be able to go anywhere without barriers.

If you’d like to do more, visit disabilitytreaty.org.

Thank you and have a great day!

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