Based upon the principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity, which are at the core of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the CRPD seeks "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities." The CRPD would not require any new costs or changes to existing law in order for the U.S. to comply with its provisions.
President George W. Bush's administration negotiated the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that calls for ADA-like protection for people around the world. President Obama signed the treaty in 2009. Since then, disability advocates have encouraged Congress to ratify CRPD, a required step in the process of the U.S. being considered a supporter.
One hundred and thirty-eight countries have now ratified the treaty. Unfortunately, the United States is not among them.