Stand UP for those with disabilities

Now is a critical time in the Senate for those with disabilities. See the below from Special Olympics International and what you can do here in Louisiana:

Taken from Special Olympics blog: The New York Times recently reprinted this article explaining the importance and impact of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). 132 nations have ratified this Convention. The United States is not one of them.

Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Dr. Tim Shriver says “The Convention reflects core American values and core Special Olympics values regarding the dignity of the individual, equal and fair access to justice, access to health care, and the chance to participate fully in the life of the community and the country.” More than 200 million people around the world have intellectual disabilities, comprising the world’s largest disability population, yet they remain amongst the most discriminated, disenfranchised and marginalized people on earth.

Very soon — most likely this month — the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold Hearings on the subject and the United States Senate will vote on whether or not to ratify the CRPD. We Need Your Help! We’re asking everyone who cares about the rights, dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities to e-mail, call, Tweet and Facebook their U.S. Senators NOW with one simple request: to vote for the CRPD when it comes to the Floor of the Senate. Make your voice heard on behalf of those who are too often silenced!

Louisiana: The first time this Convention was brought before the Senate, Senator Vitter opposed and Senator Landrieu supported it. We ask that you contact them this week and ask Senator Vitter to support the CRPD and ask Senator Landrieu to continue supporting the CRPD. If you need more resources or tools please contact Special Olympics Louisiana at 1-800-345-6644 or email us at

Contacting Senator Vitter:

Contacting Senator Landrieu:

Sample Messages: We encourage you to use the following sample messages when contacting your Senators.

Tweet: As your constituent, I urge you to support the ratification of the CRPD & honor people with disabilities. Use hashtag: #CPRD

Facebook Post or Email:

Dear Senator:

Please urge Senators Menendez and Corker to hold hearings on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and when it comes to a vote on the Senate Floor please vote for ratification of this Convention. By providing positive advice and consent for ratification, the Senate will underscore and ensure our global leadership in disability rights, and more importantly, improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people with disabilities worldwide and enable them to make important contributions to society.


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