USICD Media Releases
USICD Media Releases
USICD mourns the loss of international disability rights advocate and friend, Mr. Kalle Konkkola.
September 11, 2018
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. Kalle Könkkölä and sends its deepest condolences to his loved ones.
USICD Mourns the Loss of Senator John McCain and Will Honor Him with Its Award
August 27, 2018
In recognition of his lifetime of service to disability rights, Senator John McCain will receive USICD’s Dole-Harkin award for distinction in public service to the global disability community. The award will be presented posthumously at USICD’s Gala to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in December 2018.
USICD Releases White Paper on International Development Disability Policy & Practice
July 10, 2018
A newly released White Paper from the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), International Development: Disability Policy & Practice reviews and assesses disability inclusion in the policies of selected bilateral and multilateral agencies.
USICD Issues Press Release on Family Separation
June 24, 2018
USICD Opposes Trump Administration Policies on Family Separation The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) issued a press release that opposes the Trump administration policies that forcibly remove children and adults from immigrant parents or other family members and places them in detention camps around the United States. USICD demands the administration stop this inhumane, cruel, and abusive practice immediately. We also demand that the Department of Homeland Security carry out its responsibilities to adults and children with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and provide State Protection and Advocacy systems with immediate access to all detention centers for immigrant children and adults.
USICD Releases White Paper on Monitoring CRPD Article 32
June 19, 2018
Both governments and civil society, including disabled persons organizations (DPOs), can play a role in holding bilateral and multilateral international development agencies accountable for disability inclusion in their projects. A White Paper released by the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), Stakeholders’ Understanding and Monitoring of the Implementation of CRPD Article 32, makes recommendations on how.
USICD Supports Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
February 11, 2016
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) welcomes the transmission of the Marrakesh Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification by the United States.
ADA Inspires Global Expansion of Disability Rights
July 24, 2015
25 years later, we should be proud that the ADA triggered an expansion of human rights and protections globally
USICD Speaks at the UN Conference on Disabilities
June 9, 2015
Senate Fails to Act, Disability Leaders Outraged on Int'l Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2014
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, American disability leaders express outrage over the Senate's inaction on ratification of the international Disability Treaty (the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD).
Disability Advocates Call for Senate Action on Treaty Following Supreme Court Ruling in Bond Case
June 2, 2014
Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Bond v. United States. The unanimous judgment supports what disability advocates and legal scholars had long contended: that the Bond case is not an obstacle to ratifying the Disability Treaty. The coalition of over 800 disability, veteran, and faith organizations working in support of the Treaty today call on the Senate to proceed promptly to ratification of the Disability Treaty.
Fifthe Freedom Encourages Members to sign HI's CRPD Petition
August 29, 2013
Source: Fifth Freedon
U.S. International Council on Disabilities Urges U.S. Senate to Approve Ratification for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
May 25, 2012
USICD Applauds Bipartisan Group of Senators for Supporting Ratification
USICD in Solidarity with Japanese Disability Community
March 17, 2011
USICD Submits Written Testimony for Senate Hearing
November 18, 2010
Tony Coelho Calls for Your Support for CRPD Ratification
July 19, 2010
The CRPD: Briefing for Americas Diplomatist Magazine
August 14, 2009
Americans with disabilities applaud President Obama’s intention to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
July 21, 2009
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), representing a broad constituency of Americans with disabilities and disability organizations, praised today’s announcement of President Barack Obama’s intention to sign the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Chamber of Commerce, Veteran, Disability, and Civil Rights Leaders Call for Ratification of CRPD
For Immediate Release: Contact: Kevin Locke, U.S. International Council on Disabilities
July 22, 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 359-6960(202) 359-6960
Chamber of Commerce, Veteran, Disability, and Civil Rights Leaders Call for Ratification of Disability Treaty
As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Completes Crucial Last Step Before Floor Vote on the Treaty, Diverse Coalition Calls for Ratification
Washington, DC – This morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took the crucial final step toward ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or Disability Treaty, an international treaty designed to promote the rights and dignity of people with disabilities worldwide. The Chamber of Commerce, along with representatives from the broad and diverse coalition of business, veterans’, disability, and civil rights organizations supporting the treaty reacted to this morning’s markup and committee vote.
Marca Bristo, President, U.S. International Council on Disabilities: “We are here today to send a clear message: it is time to ratify the Disability Treaty. Failure by our Senators to ratify this treaty would be a betrayal of the American disability community, who, as recent polling tells us, vote in higher numbers than almost any other group. It is a betrayal that will not be forgotten by these millions of voters, and by our allies in the veterans, business, faith, and civil rights communities who are united in support of the treaty.”
Randy Johnson, Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “There are plenty of reasons to support the Disability Treaty —the most obvious and important one being that it’s the right thing to do for people across the globe who are living and working with disabilities. But there are economic and competitiveness benefits for the United States as well. It would create a level playing field for American businesses, leverage the leadership and innovation of American business in setting accessibility standards, and make us more able to do business abroad. Further, the treaty does not impose new requirements on U.S. employers and entities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We urge our leaders to seize the opportunity to boost the U.S. economy and help people with disabilities worldwide by ratifying this treaty.”
Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: “This treaty embodies the values supported by the United States Military – the importance of promoting human rights and dignity around the world, and the power of the United States to be a leader in the fight for these ideals. The United States has an obligation not to be a bystander in the fight for rights and dignity for people with disabilities, but to embrace our role as a global leader and extend the rights we’ve fought for here to the rest of world.”
Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer at IBM and Worldwide Director of the IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center: “IBM is confident that US ratification of the CRPD will generate new opportunities for businesses across many different industries. It will also create a global marketplace “pull” for accessible information and communications technologies, and we believe, reinforce the United States’ legacy leadership position as a champion for full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. We believe failure to act, will produce quite the opposite effect over the long term: stifling the ambition and dreams of people with disabilities, choking marketplace opportunities, and jeopardizing the United States’ ability to influence the global accessibility community.”
Wade Henderson, President/CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: “The United States benefits from a rich history of disability rights legislation that has inspired nations around the world to honor the dignity of people with disabilities, but it is shameful that we still lag behind the global community in ratifying the CRPD. U.S. ratification of the treaty will allow us to once again be a global leader in disability rights, and to amplify the message both here and abroad that disability rights are, indeed, human rights.”