Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) vowed to continue fighting for United States ratification of the treaty. Senator Harkin has asked for individuals to let him know why the Disabilities Treaty matters.
Relaying any experiences living, traveling, working, or studying abroad and any barriers that were encountered can help Senators understand why United States ratification of the treaty is important.
To date, 158 nations have signed the treaty, including the United States, and 143 nations have ratified the Disabilities Treaty.
Senator Harkin believes that an important part of winning this fight is ensuring that the personal stories of people with disabilities, including disabled veterans, are shared with Senators.
United Spinal remains hopeful that with the commitment of leaders in the Senate to move the treaty forward it will be ratified this year.