June 4, 2014
The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center today reaffirmed its support for the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, or otherwise known as the Disability Treaty. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Bond v. United States, NBDC believes that the Court’s decision removed the opponent’s last remaining obstacle to the Disability Treaty’s passage.
With over 59 million people living with disabilities in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Census, they represent one of the largest demographics in the country. On an international scale, currently around 10 percent of the total world’s population, or roughly 1 billion people, live with a disability. The Disability Treaty would build upon the protections afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should schedule a vote on the Disability Treaty with haste, especially considering that the popular treaty has been delayed long enough by procedural maneuvering,” argued John D. Kemp, President & CEO of The Viscardi Center. “The international community looks to the United States for leadership, and now is the time to lead the rest of the world on assuring people with disabilities are treated with dignity and respect. The treaty sets in motion what people with disabilities, advocates, business leaders and policy-makers already know: people with disabilities are a vital part of their communities, and therefore are deserving of the same protections as everyone else.”
To learn more, visit http://www.disabilitytreaty.org.
For more information about NBDC or its support of the Disability Treaty, please contact Brandon M. Macsata, General Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBDC’s services are offered through tiered membership levels or on a consultant basis and assist businesses in developing strategies to implement, grow, measure and create solid disability programs. These include talent acquisition, advancement and retention strategies; customized training seminars and workshops; facility and IT accessibility surveys; and an information hotline for disability-related employment issues. Its initiatives to assist employers with expanding their recruiting of people with disabilities include Job Postings Services that aid in attracting qualified people with disabilities to their companies, the NBDC National Resume Database® that provides access to resume listings 24/7 and the Emerging Leaders summer internship program for college students with disabilities.
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology. Learn more at viscardicenter.org.