Please contact Senator Dan Coats and encourage him to vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Seven Reasons to Support the CRPD
· The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that will extend protections like those guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to millions of people with disabilities worldwide;
· Ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is good for American businesses; it will expand our access to international markets;
· It does not matter what political party you belong to (if any), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities crosses party lines, it is bipartisan;
· Ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will not change United States law nor put the United States under the control of the United Nations. The United States will still be a completely sovereign nation and our way of life will not change;
· Ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities is important for Americans with disabilities who live and work abroad- including veteran and military families;
· There is wide support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities among veterans, people with disabilities, religious groups and businesses;
· The United States must ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in order to participate in United Nations negotiations regarding the implementation of the treaty.
Take Action in Support of the CRPD
Did you know? Congressional staff members keep track of how many calls and e-mails they receive on different topics. When a bill comes up for a vote, Senators will check with their staff to find out how many constituents they have heard from either in support of or against a pending piece of legislation. That is why it is so important for us to make our voices heard on issues that are important to us. It can be uncomfortable to make a phone call, many people get nervous. However, there is information below that will help to make the process as smooth as possible for you whether you choose to call in, send an e-mail or forward a fax. No matter what method you choose, please stand up for the rights of persons with a disability wherever they are in the world.
Simply copy and paste the text below (add your name and hometown) into this e-mail template: http://www.coats.senate.gov/contact/.
“Dear Senator Coats,
I am writing to urge you to vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). CRPD is an international human rights treaty that promotes greater access to education, employment, community living and civic participation for people with disabilities worldwide. It is based on existing United States disability rights laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The United States must ratify CRPD in order to participate in UN negotiations regarding its implementation and the setting of international accessibility standards. It is important for the US to be at the table during these negotiations, so that we can advocate for the policies which will work best for Americans with disabilities working or traveling abroad – for example, veterans, Paralympians who represent the United States at international events, and military families with overseas assignments who have children with disabilities. Being at the table will also allow us to find new markets for American products and expertise. American businesses lead the world in accessible product design, and ratifying CRPD would allow those businesses greater access to international markets.
Ratifying the Convention will not harm United States sovereignty or give the UN control over United States law. Ratification will increase the revenue of American companies and make the rest of the world more accessible to Americans with disabilities.
Nineteen veterans’ groups, 26 religious groups, 60 businesses, 750 disability organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, and a broad bipartisan coalition of current and former policymakers all support CRPD. So do many of your constituents, and, I hope, so will you.
Thank you for your time and attention on this important issue.
[Your full name]
[Your full name]
Call the Senator’s office at the number below and use the included script.
Call Senator Dan Coats’ Office at: (202) 224-5623
“Hi, I’m a constituent of Senator Coats and I’m calling with a comment.”
The front desk will either transfer you to constituent services, or ask you to give your comment.
“My name is ______ and my hometown is ______, Indiana. I’m calling to urge the Senator to vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ratification will not harm U.S. sovereignty, but it will improve the lives of Americans with disabilities living abroad, and it will create new markets for American companies. Veterans, business, most major religions, and the Chamber of Commerce all support ratifying CRPD. This is a bipartisan issue and CRPD has the support of many respected and prominent Republicans, as well as many of your constituents. Thank you for your time.”
Dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome,