DEAF Community CRPD Support Page

The U.S. International Council on Disability (USICD) has joined with our friends at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and other partners in the deaf and hard of hearing communities to support the international disability treaty.   Known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), this treaty recognizes the inclusion of sign language and deaf culture in society.  The CRPD also recognizes the importance of access to information and communication for all deaf and hard of hearing people regardless of their preferred means of communication. 

Contact your Senator: Visit the Senate website to find your Senators’ information.  Or use this handy Senator contact list, which includes phone, email, Twitter, and Facebook information.  Not sure what to say?  These materials can help you decide what to tell Senators.

Want to visit your Senators’ offices in Washington, DC, to share your views about the CRPD with their staff in person?   Please contact Andrea Shettle at for guidance


Basic CRPD Resources and Toolkits


CRPD Resources for the Deaf Community

Deaf Organizations Support for the CRPD