FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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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 (July 22, 2014): 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. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted today for a resolution of advice and consent supporting ratification of the treaty, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will not only advance the cause of disability rights throughout the world, but will also benefit American citizens who work, study, or travel abroad. All people with disabilities, in every country, deserve equal rights and an equal opportunity to contribute to society. We join our partners in the disability rights movement in urging the U.S. Senate to ratify this convention immediately so that the dignity and rights of all disabled people are recognized and protected.” 

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is supported by numerous veterans’ organizations, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the United States Business Roundtable, and hundreds of disability organizations.