FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Urges Senate to Ratify 
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Baltimore, Maryland (June 5, 2012): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, today urged the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is intended to protect the rights of persons with disabilities throughout the world. 

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “As an organization comprised of blind people advocating for ourselves, we know the critical importance of laws, regulations, and policies that protect our rights and allow us to fully and equally participate in society.  All people with disabilities, in every country, deserve equal rights and an equal opportunity to contribute to society.  We urge the U.S. Senate to ratify this convention immediately so that the dignity and rights of all disabled people are recognized and protected.”