Yesterday afternoon (July 10) Senator Hatch took to the Senate floor and unprovoked, made a long statement in opposition to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Senator Hatch claims that he supports disability rights, but actions speak louder than words. Taking to the Senate Floor to oppose the disability treaty is a clear sign that he intends to turn his back on people with disabilities both here in the United States and around the world.
We need Utah and voices from around the country speaking out against this action. Please move quickly to activate your networks, partners, and members:
DC office: (202) 224–5251
Salt Lake City office: (801) 524–4380
Twitter: @OrrinHatch (use #ISUPPORTCRPD)
Senator Hatch voted for both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act. As the anniversary approaches for the ADA this month (July 26) it is even more disconcerting that Senator Hatch would take to the floor against the disability rights treaty which extends the ADA to 1 billion people globally. U.S. ratification is led by all of the leaders behind the original ADA because it is creating change around the world for people with disabilities that are isolated, segregated and disregarded because of their disability. Please join disability advocates around the country in contacting Senator Hatch to let him know that standing against the disability community is not an option.
Contact Senator Hatch today. Tell him that the disability community is counting on him and that a vote for Ratification of the UN Treaty is a vote in support of disability rights around the world.
Language for this alert was pulled from an email from Esmé Grant of the United States International Council on Disabilities