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On Thursday, May 15, Senator Tom Harkin received an award from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for his lifelong commitment to equality and equal opportunity. But in a moment meant to honor him, Harkin asked the audience to focus instead on others – specifically, Americans with disabilities.
During his acceptance
speech, Harkin was eloquent in saying that people with disabilities should
have integrated and competitive employment, not segregated, sub-minimum wage
jobs. Perhaps most notably, he renewed his commitment to ratifying the
Disability Treaty – or CRPD – and soon. Harkin is the father of the
landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which he introduced in 1988. CRPD would extend the values of the ADA - values
that have served the United States well - to nations around the world.
Harkin urged those in the room on May 15 to tweet a message of support for CRPD – and people listened. #CRPD trended in Washington, D.C., and we need to keep that momentum going.Please join us on June 10 in amplifying Senator Harkin’s message by tweeting another message of support. We must ratify CRPD to maintain our leadership role on disability rights and eliminate discrimination throughout the world. Will you help us?
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