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- Former Governors of Pennsylvania Entreat Lawmakers to Ratify Treaty for People with Disabilities
Richard Thornburgh and Tom Ridge, both former governors of Pennsylvania, issued an opinion advocating US lawmakers to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which would protect the rights and freedoms of individuals with disabilities across the world:
"As longtime advocates for persons with disabilities and individuals directly impacted by disability, we recognize that the ratification of the CRPD would be a victory not only for those whose rights are protected, but also for the ideals of freedom and equality for all that are the bedrock on which this nation was built. [...]
We are acutely aware that the international community looks to the United States as an exemplar, providing a way forward for protecting individual rights. The CRPD builds on the framework of the ADA and exports the protections given to citizens in the United States to the rest of the world. By ratifying this treaty, the Senate will signal that America remains a leader and pioneer in protecting the freedoms of people with disabilities.
Not only does ratification allow the United States to frame the standards for disability rights globally, but it protects American citizens and veterans with disabilities from discrimination and onerous restrictions abroad. Though protected from discrimination at home, our veterans with disabilities who want to travel and work abroad may be subject to unjust travel restrictions and face limitations in employment."
- McCain Institute Fellow Giorgi Akheteli Blogs on UN Resolution for People with Disabilities
NOD is proud to have Giorgi Akheteli, a fellow from The McCain Institute for International Leadership, serve as our liason during the U.S. Senate hearings on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Based on the campus of Arizona State University, the institute invites a number of emerging leaders from around the world to complete a year-long fellowship within the United States. Mr. Akheteli is working from the NOD offices in Manhattan while he pursues research and advocacy projects on disability policies.
In this blog commentary, Giorgi Akheteli recounts his experience at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee, where lawmakers considered a U.S. ratification of this international treaty that would promote equality of access to people with disabilities across the world. Mr. Akheteli considers the pathway the U.S. has set for emerging democracies--especially within the fight for disability rights--and encourages America's lawmakers to continue that tradition.
- NOD Chairman Tom Ridge Wants to Honor Veterans with Job Opportunities
NOD Chairman Tom Ridge says a great way to honor our veterans on Veterans Day - especially our wounded warriors - is to help them find a job. Gov. Ridge made his comments during a live Veterans Day broadcast on Philadelphia radio station WPHT-AM.
- Human Rights Advocates Urge Senate to Ratify Disability Treaty
Human rights and disability rights advocates packed three rooms and tuned in via social media on Tuesday to watch the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
“The CRPD will not change American law, but it is important because it provides access to the most important international forum on the rights of people with disabilities,” said Thomas Ridge, former secretary of homeland security and current chair of the National Organization on Disability, in his testimony before the committee. “If the U.S. wants to effectively promote access abroad, we must ratify the disability treaty.”
- NOD Wounded Warrior Harry Loque Honored with ServiceSource Award
SSG (RET) Harry V. Louque captivated an audience of nearly 600 at ServiceSource's Service Excellence Awards Banquet in Washington, DC, in his acceptance speech for the 2013 New Horizons Award.
In 2009, after serving two tours of duty in the armed forces, Louque was medically retired from the Army and referred to NOD's Wounded Warrior Careers program, where he began working with career specialist Dwayne Beason. With Beason’s assistance, Louque secured transitional employment with ServiceSource, an employment and rehabilitation organization, as a Clerk with the Directorate of Logistics at Fort Bragg to gain practical work experience.
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- NOD Salutes The UPS Foundation; Global Delivery Company Honored for Its Philanthropy
November 19, 2013, New York, NY – The National Organization on Disability (NOD) salutes The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, a global leader in logistics, for its continued support of disability employment as an important part of its diversity programming. This is the latest in a series of salutes highlighting companies who support NOD’s mission to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“Diversity is one of the pillars that UPS is built upon. We strive to nurture and leverage the strengths and talents of a workforce of nearly 400,000 globally,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation. “A company of our size represents employees from every walk of life, serving communities from all over the world. Our company history and values reinforce the view that humanity benefits from the positive contributions and perspectives of all individuals regardless of our differences, which are to be welcomed and honored.”
- NOD Chairman Tom Ridge Testifies in Favor of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
November 5, 2013, Washington, DC – Governor Tom Ridge, Chairman of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) testified today before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The CRPD is a treaty that will extend to persons with disabilities overseas the same rights and protections that Americans currently enjoy at home under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other landmark laws. Ratifying the Treaty would continue the legacy of American leadership on disability rights and help ensure that Americans with disabilities, including our wounded warriors, have the same opportunities to work, study and travel in other countries as any other American.
- NOD and Other Disability Leaders Meet with Vice President Biden in Support of Disabilities Treaty
Meeting comes in advance of NOD Chairman Tom Ridge’s Testimony on the Treaty before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on November 5th
November 1, 2013, Washington, DC – As the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee prepares to hear testimony on the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, Vice President Joe Biden invited National Organization on Disability President Carol Glazer and other disability leaders to participate in a conversation at the White House about next steps in the treaty’s ratification process. NOD’s Chairman Governor Tom Ridge will testify in favor of US ratification of the treaty on November 5th.