Around the world, at least 93 million children live with a moderate or severe disability -- that's 1 in 20 children aged 14 or younger.
Each one of these children is more than a statistic; each child is a son or daughter, brother or sister, friend or classmate. Each of them should have the same rights and opportunities as any other child.
But they do not. Children with disabilities are targets of discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, neglect, exploitation, violence, and abuse. Worst of all, children with disabilities are too often invisible -- ignored by governments and communities.
As UNICEF advocates, we believe that children with disabilities deserve equal dreams, equal lives. We believe in ZERO discrimination against children with disabilities.
The U.S. Senate will consider the CRPD for ratification this year. Send a message today letting your Senators know that you strongly support this important human rights treaty!
I am writing to let you know that I strongly support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and I urge you to support ratification of this important treaty.
I am particularly concerned about the plight of children with disabilities. Globally, at least 1 in 20 children aged 14 or younger live with a moderate or severe disability. Children with disabilities are targets of discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, neglect, exploitation, violence and abuse. Worst of all, children with disabilities are too often invisible--ignored by governments and communities.
I believe our Nation has made great strides in removing barriers for people with disabilities. Ratifying the CRPD would reinforce our global leadership as advocates for people with disabilities, and also help us continue to improve our own laws and policies to ensure full participation of people with disabilities.
Please vote in favor of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I look forward to your response.
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