The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that outlines the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill and ensure the rights of people with disabilities. President Obama signed the treaty in 2009, but the U.S. Senate still has to ratify it. A 2/3rds majority, or 67 votes, is required for ratification.
The Senate held a vote on December 4, 2012, but ratification failed by six votes. 61 Senators voted in support. Disability advocates intend to try again during the next Congressional session, which starts on January 20, 2013.
The U.S. International Council on Disabilities is leading a social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook to reach out to Senators and encourage a vote in favor of ratification.
If you would like to contact your Senator via phone or letter, that is effective as well. Please click here to get your Senator's information.