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Obama to Sign UN Treaty

Update: The United States signed the treaty on July 30, 2009.

This Friday, July 24th, at 4:45pm, President Obama will indicate his intention to sign onto the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The document will likely be delivered to the UN on July 30th. This is a historic occasion—one that will positively affect web accessibility here in the U.S.

Many WebAIM readers are familiar with the impact that this UN treaty will have on accessibility (We have posted on this topic before). The CRPD embeds requirements for accessible information throughout the document and it includes an entire section (Section 9) devoted to accessibility. The authors of the CRPD view the work of accessibility as an important mechanism for a “civil society” to affect true social inclusion.

Once the U.S. is a signatory to the CRPD, we will begin the long process to align our national laws and policies to that of the UN treaty. There will be much work ahead for those of us who advocate for accessible web content. We in the U.S. have waited a long time for this moment. Although our internal ratification process may take some time, let us give thanks that our nation has begun to join 140 others who have already signed onto the CRPD. As the 19th anniversary of the ADA draws near, this is a fitting step toward providing persons with disabilities with important extensions of their civil rights.


  1. William Brandes

    Thank you Mr. President. William

  2. Jail Obama

    Arrest this man now! He is ceding our sovereignty to this fake government the UN.

    This is treason!

    Obama is a tin pot dictator working for Soros and Rockefeller and the banking elite.

  3. Jail Obama

    PS – anyone with a brain knows you are born with certain RIGHTS. THE freakin’ UN does NOT GIVE YOU THOSE RIGHTS!!!

    Why do you give them such power? SHAMEFUL LEMMINGS!

  4. Alex82

    When the highways fail, so will the power grid, as highways carry the parts, large transformers, steel for pylons, and high tension cables from great distances. ,

  5. Faggot49

    So are your hands lovely and refreshed? ,

  6. Jesus Manuel

    This is sad. our country is going to be ruled by U.N. laws an we have no say in it. WHY ARE WE LETTING THIS HAPPEN!!!! In the Constitution it says any treaty will override any existing law in the U.S. . WE ALL MUST SPREAD AWARENESS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. baffled

    This is unbelievable! We need to impeach NOW!!! Ever heard “of THE PEOPLE, for THE PEOPLE, by THE PEOPLE!”. Its from the Declaration of Independence.
    As president of the United States of America, Obama should have one ultimate concern in the front of his mind at all times…THE PEOPLE! And should be strongly concerned with protecting our rights, our constitution and Declaration of Independence. He apparently has his own agenda. Who is REALLY driving this machine we call a country? Wake up brothers and sisters! Its time to snap out of it and realize this hipnotic game is about to end in catastrophe if we as THE PEOPLE, dont climb out of this lazyness and stop letting someone pretend to be our King.

  8. Faggot57

    Have you spoiled his innocence? ,

  9. Red38

    Actually, Google could just buy a few large publishing houses around the world. ,

  10. Outrage

    Sooo…basically the constitution will be its own downfall here….

  11. roland

    Any of you guys sought professional help yet? If not, it’d be a good idea.

  12. Micah

    I was so glad to hear the news when it came out and was glad he did end up signing it as this means a lot for people with disabilities around the World. I voted for Obama and am glad he won the election because of great things like this!

    Kind Regards
    Micah Burkette

  13. bravo

    Dear Obama,

    today you are making shape of world, against Muslim
    your BOMB blessings, how your are killing innocent Muslim women,Kids, families and loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries.

    But tomorrow is also a day to come,a GOD judgment, remember those who you killed your BOMB blessings.

    best regards!

  14. marcela - abogado cordoba

    I voted for Obama and am glad he won the election because of great things like this!

  15. marcela - abogado cordoba

    how your are killing innocent Muslim women,Kids, families and loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries.

  16. Cesar Millan el encantador de perros

    Thank you Mr. President.

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    En realidad, Google podra comprar unas cuantas casas grandes editoriales de todo el mundo…

  18. hacer abdominales

    Great news at the moment! but what happend, did he sign?

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