The Disabilities Treaty is the single most important step we can take to ensure that millions of disabled Americans enjoy the same protections abroad as they do here. This treaty offers hope where there is none.
- Secretary of State John Kerry
Ratification of this treaty […] would keep faith with generations of disabled veterans, who have served this nation faithfully and with distinction.
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty) will help enable the United States to export its standards for access and opportunity worldwide, making it easier for our wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and their families to take advantage of opportunities abroad.
Our disabled veterans and military families want to work, study, serve, and travel abroad with the same dignity and respect as other Americans. But doing so can be difficult, if not impossible, when other countries have poor accessibility standards and other barriers to opportunity.
Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty will also put the U.S. in the best position to export our gold standard disability laws to allied countries whose troops have fought alongside ours in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. While 42 International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) members have ratified the Treaty, accessibility standards in most of those countries remain low or different from our own.
U.S. ratification of the [treaty] will improve physical, technological, and communication access outside the U.S., thereby helping to ensure that Americans—particularly, many thousands of disabled American veterans—have equal opportunities to live, work, and travel abroad.
- Bob Dole, retired U.S. Senator and disabled American veteran