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Northern Virginia Disability Advocates Join Two National Rallies in DC Tuesday

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brianna Gross -- 703/673-4497 -- briannag@ecnv.org

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2014 – Staff, Board members, and other affiliates of the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) will join disability advocates from around the nation at two major rallies at the United States Capitol on Tuesday, July 29th. They will advocate for the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and domestic legislative priorities. The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Annual March and Rally, and the Rally for the CRPD organized by the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USCID), will draw hundreds of disability rights advocates from across the country. ECNV and other local and national disability rights organizations are participating in the rallies to show their support for disability rights issues including the CRPD.

“ECNV is proud to join with NCIL and other disability rights organizations to advocate for the CRPD,” said Brewster Thackeray, Executive Director of ECNV. “Coming just days after the 24th anniversary of the ADA, we are motivated to keep up the momentum to ensure full independence and opportunities for people with disabilities in our country and worldwide.”

The CRPD is an international treaty to protect the rights of people with disabilities around the world. 147 countries have ratified the CRPD, but in 2012 the U.S. Senate fell 5 votes short of ratification. The Senate decided to take up the CRPD again, and on July 22, 2014 the CRPD was passed out of the Foreign Relations Committee. The next step is for a Senate Floor vote. Over 750 U.S. disability rights groups support the CRPD as well as civil rights groups, faith organizations, veterans groups, and major business groups.

The NCIL rally begins with a march from the Grand Hyatt at H & 10th Streets NW, with the rally itself at the Capitol Reflecting Pool/Union Square at 11:30 a.m. It is a part of an annual week-long conference for disability rights activists. Following the rally, NCIL will conduct visits to Congressional offices to advocate for the CRPD and other legislative priorities including funding for affordable accessible housing, employment equality, and thanking Congress for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The disability community will also honor Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a long time disability advocate, who will retire after this term.

The CRPD Rally will depart from the site of the NCIL rally about 12:15.

Please click here for more information on the CRPD.
Please click here for more information on the NCIL rally.

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The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV) is a community-based resource and advocacy center which is managed by and for people with disabilities. ECNV promotes independent living (IL) philosophy and equal access for all persons regardless of disability. We operate from a philosophy of consumer control and peer-to-peer relationships to empower people with physical, mental, cognitive and sensory disabilities to direct their own lives.