ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD) next Thursday, July 12, 2012! This action gets the
CRPD one step closer to the Senate floor and ratification. It would be
symbolic if this were to happen in time for the 22nd anniversary of the
ADA on July 26.
Ratifying the CRPD will:
* Provide an opportunity for a U.S. disability leader to be
elected this fall to the CRPD Committee to guide implementation of the
convention across the globe.
* Avoid loss of this influential CRPD Committee window of
opportunity until 2015.
* Affirm global initiatives on disability issues and rights will
continue to be influenced by disability leaders in the United States.
* Join 115 nations in ratifying this 21st century treaty
affirming the rights of the disabled around the world, including
disabled veterans from all countries.
* Ensure students with disabilities from the U.S. and all
countries will have opportunities for accessible, inclusive education
including higher education.
What can you Do?
As AHEAD is encouraging its members to do if a member of the foreign
relations committee represents you, Let him or her know how you feel
If none of the members of the foreign relations committee is from your
state, ask your Senator to let members for the Committee know that they
would like to see ratification as a floor vote in the next 3 weeks.
L. Scott Lissner, Ohio State University ADA Coordinator, Office Of
Diversity And Inclusion
Associate, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law &
President Elect, Association on Higher Education And Disability
Appointed, Ohio Governor's Council For People With Disabilities,
State HAVA Committee &
Columbus Advisory Council on Disability Issues
(614) 292-6207(v); (614) 688-8605(tty) (614) 688-3665(fax);
291 W. Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43210-1266
From: Kelly.Hermann@esc.edu [mailto:Kelly.Hermann@esc.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:40 PM
Subject: [Aheadmembers] Public policy alert: Senate Foreign Relations
Committee to hold hearing on UN Conventions on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities on July 12, 2012
Great news, AHEAD members! The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will
hold a hearing on ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) next Thursday, July 12, 2012! This
action gets the CRPD one step closer to the Senate floor and
ratification. The goal is still for this to happen in time for the 22nd
anniversary of the ADA on July 26.
What can you do? For now, those members with Senators on the Foreign
Relations Committee should contact their Senators to let them know you
are a constituent of his/her state and you support the CRPD Treaty
#112-7. Ask for his or her support so a vote on ratification can occur
around the anniversary of the ADA on July 26.
The Senate is on recess this week due to the Fourth of July holiday so
you may be able to reach out to your Senator at local events as well.
It is important to get the message to your Senator this week so they
have time to prepare for the hearing on July 12.
The members of the Foreign Relations committee are:
Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Chief counsel: Andrew Keller firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Chief counsel: Michael Mattler michael_mattler@foreign.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
Foreign LA: Amber Bland ( email@example.com.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Foreign LA: Ann Norris ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Foreign LA: Katharine Beamer ( katharine_beamer@cardin.
Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
Foreign LA: Damian Murphy ( email@example.com
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
Foreign LA: Halie Soifer ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
Foreign LA: Stacie Oliver ( email@example.com.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Foreign LA: Lydia Morgan ( firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
Foreign LA: Chris Homan ( email@example.com)
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Foreign LA: Joel Starr ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Foreign LA: Chris Sullivan ( email@example.com.
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Foreign LA: Miriam Harmer ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Foreign LA: Jodi Herman ( email@example.com.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Foreign LA: Victor Cervino ( firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Foreign LA: Chris Socha ( email@example.com)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Foreign LA: Chad Kreikmeier ( chad_kreikemeier@shaheen.
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
Foreign LA: Matt Padilla ( matthew_padilla@tomudall.
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)
Foreign LA: Marta Ross ( marta_mclellanross@webb.
Once the committee votes to send the CRPD to the Senate floor for a vote
on ratification, the standing committee on public policy will send out
additional information and materials to help all members contact their
representatives to indicate their support.
Thanks for your assistance!
Chair, AHEAD standing committee on public policy