International Disability Treaty

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first international treaty to address disability rights globally. The CRPD was originally drafted to articulate the rights of persons with disabilities for nations that do not clearly outline these rights. This treaty clarifies obligations for nations to help promote, protect, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a model, the CRPD encourages equal rights for people with disabilities in all walks of life. It ensures the inclusion of people with disabilities in cultural, leisure, and sporting events, while focusing on employment, education and justice.

This treaty embodies APTA's vision of transforming society. They evaluate and assess individuals who have conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. By joining this treaty, the US will make a strong statement of our commitment to these rights being afforded to the more than 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. Since the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the CRPD in its final form in December of 2006, nearly 150 countries have signed onto the treaty. The American Physical Therapy Association encourages the United States Senate to pass the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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