UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The CRPD is a non-discrimination treaty seeking to achieve the same goals as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other existing disability laws in United States: to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.


Senate rejected resolution of ratification

Our Position: Support

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is committed to our country’s leadership for the rights and empowerment of the 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. We believe the ratification of the CRPD will allow the U.S. continue in our global leadership in this area, therefore urge the Senate to quickly consider and ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention reflects core American values such as the dignity of the individual, access to justice, the importance of family decision-making and access to appropriate healthcare.