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NCRA promotes hearing health rights

July 26, 2012

Last week, NCRA, through the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Alliance, submitted letters to all Senators, asking for their support in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The United Nations adopted the CRPD in 2006. Taking one of the most significant steps to date to help promote and ensure disability rights globally, the CRPD was the first international treaty that protects disability rights on a global scale and establishes a standard to help people with disabilities participate in society.

Like all treaties, the CRPD requires 67 Senators to vote in favor of ratification, and the Senate’s Foreign Relations committee is expected to vote on the CRPD in the next few weeks. The treaty requires the following provisions from all countries that have ratified it:

  • Non-discrimination against individuals with disabilities;
  • Allowing individuals with disabilities full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
  • Respect for differences and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;
  • Equality of opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

In July 2009, the United States signed the CRPD, becoming the 142nd country to sign on in support. Today, 153 countries have signed on to the treaty and 112 of those have ratified the treaty, including key United States alliances like Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, and many European nations. The DHHA is a multi-organizational alliance that consists of organizations with a strong interest in promoting public policy and education on issues affecting the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, and NCRA is a current member of the DHHA.

NCRA stands ready to work with the United States Senate to ratify the CRPD. Please contact NCRA’s Government Relations Department with any questions. To read the letter, click here.