October 2014
Top CRPD News Stories

We are nearing the end of the 113th Congress and we must ratify the CRPD this term. Call on your Senator to take immediate action and

Ratify CRPD Now!



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See You at USICD's First Gala Reception!
On December 2, 2014, the evening before the International Day
of Persons with Disabilities, please join USICD's Board, friends, members, and our Congressional, corporate, and institutional partners at our first-ever fundraising Gala Reception at the
stunning US Institute of Peace overlooking the Lincoln Memorial.

Help us honor global disability rights champion Gerard Quinn
of the National University of Ireland Galway. Enjoy the beverages, canapes, and buffet while networking among leaders in the CRPD ratification movement!

JPMorgan Chase is the event's Platinum Sponsor and is joinedby AT&T, IBM, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Wal-Mart, among a growing list of sponsoring companies.

Help support the mission of USICD and RSVP HERE. The deadline to RSVP is November 24th, 2014.
  Event details: Cocktail Reception Passed cocktails, wine, canapés Roasted turkey carving buffet  Business Attire Complimentary Valet Parking Institute of Peace is Fully Accessible  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Six until half past eight  United States Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Ave, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037 RSVP 202-347-0102
USICD 2014 Annual Meeting

USICD Executive Director David Morrissey and board members gather around to honor Marca Bristo for her long service to USICD as a board member and President.

The 2014 Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 17, in Washington, DC.  Special thanks to the law firm of Mayer-Brown for hosting this event.  USICD's annual meeting provides opportunities to network with fellow members and guests, elect board members and honor our retiring members, and learn about disability rights advancements around the world.  If you did not make the meeting, be sure to download USICD's 2014 Annual Report.


Read about the Annual Meeting & meet our new Board here


Essl Foundation and Zero Project: Monitoring CRPD Global Implementation

The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2010. It is run in partnership with the World Future Council since 2011 and with the European Foundation Centre since 2013.

The mission of the Zero Project is to work for a world without barriers, according to the principles of the UN Convention on 
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It does so by researching Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies worldwide that help to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, as well as researching Social Indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD and the current situation in all countries of the world.

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations worldwide to contribute to their Indicator Research on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Please access the online questionnaire at
The Zero Project is searching for disability community experts in the US and elsewhere around the world. Your contribution is very important to map the implementation of the CRPD and its underlying principles, values, and spirit in every country worldwide.

Please complete the questionnaire by 14 November 2014.

For more information on the background of the questionnaire and the Zero Project, please check the website at, or email Ms. Silvia Balmas at
 USICD Board Member Aubrey Webson Appointed Ambassador to UN

A man wearing sweater and dark sunglasses smiles at the camera Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that Dr. Walton Alfonso "Aubrey" Webson has been appointed as the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Aubrey has retired from board service to USICD and his from his role as Director of Perkins Internaional in order to assume his new ambassadorship, which will begin on November 1st.  Congratulations Aubrey!

 USICD Board Member Barbara Leroy Receives OECD Fellowship

Dr. Barbara LeRoy has been awarded a Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which is housed in Paris, France. The Fellowship will be implemented over the 2015 calendar year.  As a fellow, Dr. LeRoy will work at OECD Headquarters with a team of analysts.  Dr. LeRoy will use data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to examine the equity, participation, accommodations and performance of students with special educational needs in this standardized assessment.  Dr. LeRoy is the director of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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In This Issue
Top CRPD News Stories
USICD's Gala Reception
USICD Annual Meeting Report
The Zero Project
Aubrey Webson Appointed Ambassador to UN
Barbara Leroy Receives OECD Fellowship
International Disability News

Events and Opportunities



CRPD Ratification Watch
As of October 2014:
  • 159 Signatories
  • 151 Ratifications
Optional Protocol:
  • 92 Signatories
  • 85 Ratifications
Recent Ratifications:
Guinea Bissau Ratified the Convention on September 24, 2014

Guyana Ratified the Convention on September 10, 2014

Republic of the Congo Ratified the Convention on September 2, 2014

Grenada Ratified the Convention on August 27, 2014

Burundi Ratified the Convention on May 22, 2014

Angola Ratified the Convention on April 19, 2014

Switzerland Ratified the Convention on April 15, 2014
Palestine Ratified the Convention on April 2, 2014 
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