Biden, advocacy groups discuss Disabilities Treaty

Vice President Joe Biden met with leaders of 20 disabilities and veterans advocacy groups at the White House to discuss the Disabilities Treaty, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider in the coming weeks.

The meeting served as an opportunity to explain the Administration’s support for ratification of the Treaty and to discuss next steps in the ratification process, according to a press release. The Disabilities Treaty embodies, at the international level, the Americans with Disabilities Act’s principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility and inclusion of all individuals with a disability.

Currently, more than 130 countries have joined the Disabilities Treaty, which now helps to ensure full community access for disabled people, including approximately 5.5 million American veterans with disabilities who wish to serve, study, work and travel overseas.

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