CRPD

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities. The CRPD is a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the works that embraces the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities. The U.S. signed the CRPD in 2009; the Senate is expected to consider ratification in the 113th Congress. 

NCD's involvement in and support of an international disability treaty dates back to 2002. Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable laws, regulations, policy guidance, barriers, promising practices, and suggested models for other sovereign states worldwide. Publications consider the efforts to gain equality and justice for people around the world; the development of and implementation of an international convention on those rights; and the promotion of full inclusion for people with disabilities on an international level. 

2014

  • NCD Letter to Vice President Biden Regarding CRPD (HTML)

2013

  • NCD Education Forum Report: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Again Reaffirms Its Strong Support of Ratification of the CRPD (HTML)
  • NCD Letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Reaffirms Strong Support of U.S. Ratification of U.N. Disability Treaty (HTML)
  • Toward the Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities: Examining the Accessibility of Overseas Facilities and Programs Funded by the United States (HTML) (PDF) (DOCX)
  • Federal Agency Evaluates Disability Access Abroad (HTML)

2012

  • NCD Statement on Failed CRPD Ratification Vote in the Senate (HTML)
  • National Council on Disability Recommends U.S. Ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 20th Anniversary of International Day for Persons with Disabilities (HTML)
  • NCD Urges Expeditious Senate Approval of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HTML)

2008

  • Finding the Gaps: A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the U.S. to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HTML) (DOC) (PDF)

2006

  • National Council on Disability Practical Discussions on Implementation in the U.S. and Other Countries (HTML) (PDF)
  • Update on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • National Council on Disability Commends Adoption of United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (HTML)
  • UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities Takes Giant Step Forward (HTML)

2005

  • Monitoring Symposium: A Contribution to the Formulation of Proposals for Monitoring a United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities Report (HTML) (PDF)
  • Update on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)

2004

  • Update on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (November) (HTML)
  • Update on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (July) (HTML) (PDF)

2003

  • UN Disability Convention - Topics at a Glance: History of the Process (HTML)
  • Foreign Policy and Disability: Legislative Strategies and Civil Rights Protections To Ensure Inclusion of People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)

2002

  • An International Disability and Human Rights Convention (HTML) (PDF)
  • A Reference Tool: Understanding the Potential Content and Structure of an International Convention on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)
  • White Paper - Understanding the Role of an International Convention on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF)

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