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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On Thursday, June 20, disability rights advocates throughout Missouri will be taking action to urge Sen. Roy Blunt to VOTE YES to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty. Paraquad encourages you to be a part of this important advocacy effort.

Call Sen. Blunt's office in St. Louis at (314) 725-4484 or in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-5721 and let him know that this is a disability issue and the disability community says VOTE YES!

Share why the treaty is important to you (e.g. traveling, working abroad or because of an appreciation for the Americans with Disabilities Act in the United States and wanting it to be shared abroad).

Talking Points

How does the CRPD help people with disabilities?

  • It promotes independent living philosophy and community inclusion (Article 19: Living Independently and being included in the community).
  • It supports access to education and employment (Article 24: Education and Article 27: Work and Employment).
  • It improves global accessibility (Article 9: Accessibility).
  • It ensures humane and moral treatment of all people with disabilities (Article 14: Liberty and Security of Person, Article 15: Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and Article 16: Freedom from Exploitation, Violence, and Abuse).
  • It promotes full access to all areas of society (Article 30: Participation in Cultural Life, Recreation, Leisure & Sport).

For more information about the CRPD, visit or click any of the links below.

More Information

Full Text of the CRPD Treaty (Accessible Version)
What is the CRPD and why should the U.S. ratify it?
Why does the business community support the CRPD?
The truth about the CRPD