We urge you to support the ratification of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) because presently all over the globe Deaf children are denied what children from all walks of life are regularly given freely and openly: access to language and equality. We must especially support the following provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
We urge you to support the ratification of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) because presently all over the globe Deaf children are denied what children from all walks of life are regularly given freely and openly: access to language and equality. We must especially support the following provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
Article 21 - Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can excercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others through all forms of communication of their choice, as defined in article 2 of the present Convention, including by:
b. Accepting and facilitating the use of sign languages, Braille, augmentative and alternative communication, and all other accessible means, modes and formats of communication of their choice by persons with disabilities in official interactions;
e. Recognizing and promoting the use of sign languages
Article 24 - Education
3. States Parties shall enable persons with disabilities to learn life and social development skills to facilitate their full and equal participation in education and as members of the community.To this end, States Parties shall take appropriate measures, including:
b. Facilitating the learning of sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the deaf community;
Article 30 - Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.
4. Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and deaf culture.
From National Association of the Deaf (NAD):
The ADA and other disability laws do not have deaf-specific language; the CRPD recognizes sign language and deaf culture as human rights, and includes language such as "deaf culture", "linguistic identity", and "deaf community."
The United States is currently excluded from the International Committee formed to enforce the requirements of the CRPD throughtout the world. If the CRPD is ratified in the U.S., the U.S. will be able to join the global community in efforts to promote, protect, and ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Thank you again for your attention to this important matter. Every child deserves to have full and natural access to language. A Deaf mind is a horrible thing to waste. We hope the U.S. will join the other civilized nations of this world and ratify this important convention in a step towards guaranteeing the rights of ALL individuals that we, as Americans, have pledged to uphold.
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