Here’s a shameless plug for an online petition. Have you ever been somewhere in another country where even the major tourist places are not enjoyable because accessibility is a major problem? Or Braille and sign language interpreter requests are unheard of? Disability Rights should not just be for the U.S.
Without this piece of legislation the U.S. is collectively creating a double standard. Indicating it’s okay if other nations neglect and mistreat its citizens with disabilities because the U.S. does not want to broaden to be a two way street. For what legitimate reason? How does not allowing this benefit any group? It could create growth and jobs. What it means is leveraging a lot of different aspects. It means workers compensations and medical benefits to people working for companies who have moved overseas in the great outsourcing shift. It means more money for corporations expenses in those nations. It could mean higher costs related to production.
Click the link to submit a request to your local Congress representatives to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, also referred to as the Disability Treaty). This convention, a United Nations Treaty, would provide protections for citizens in nations that have ratified the Convention, recognizing that people with disabilities should be treated with dignity and equality. The U.S. already has strong disability rights policies for our citizens and no policy changes would occur here if the U.S. ratifies this treaty. But the U.S. has yet to ratify the CRPD. Ratification exports our leadership to other nations and calls upon them to follow our lead and institute rights for their citizens with disabilities. It also would encourage nations to provide accessibility in their countries, which affects travelers worldwide; promote equal treatment for disabled persons in countries that ratify and lead to an ultimate end of discrimination of people just because they have a disability.