CRPD: Supporting Global Disability Rights
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), based on the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is intended to empower persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens. It represents an international effort to bring the world closer to achieving the goals of equality, opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
As Reform Jews, we are committed to upholding the commandment, “You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind” (Leviticus 19:14). Stumbling blocks come in all shapes and sizes: today, there are 650 million people worldwide living with a disability, constituting the world’s largest minority group.
You can also read a blog post by Olivia Kessler, the North American Social Action Vice President-Elect, on this crucial issue. She talks not only about the importance of ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but also why NFTY and young people care about this issue.
As we approach the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, on which the CRPD is based, now is the time to take action to make sure that the rights of people with disabilities and protected throughout the world.