Friday, March 14, 2008

Join A Disability Blog Swarm!

Calling all bloggers and other writers!

Do you regularly blog about disability?

Do you care about the international disability rights treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)?

If so, please participate in the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008, scheduled for March 30, 2008!

What’s a blog swarm?
A blog swarm is when many bloggers agree to write blog posts on the same theme at the same time to increase public awareness of an issue and stimulate media interest in the topic.

Why Does the CRPD Matter?
If you have a disability or know people who do, then you know that the human rights of people with disabilities are violated every day. In many countries, disabled children receive no education. People with disabilities encounter doctors who assume they’d rather be dead than disabled—and make medical choices accordingly.

What Has Been Done About It?
The international disability community has been working with the human rights community and the United Nations for more than 30 years to change this situation. Together, they have created the first comprehensive, international treaty to protect a broad range of human rights of people with disabilities: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

Celebrate the CRPD Anniversary With a Blog Swarm!
The CRPD was first opened for countries to sign on March 30, 2007, last year. So far, 17 countries have ratified it. After the 20th country ratifies the CRPD, it will enter full legal force. Odds are good this will happen March 30, 2008—the first anniversary of the CRPD. In honor of that anniversary, will be hosting a blog swarm on March 30, 2008, called the “RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008″.

How Can I Show Support?
Have a blog? Any time between now and March 27, 2008, write a short blog post to share your thoughts about the CRPD and its first anniversary. Post it. Then send the link (with your screen name and the name of your blog) to

Email us and let us know you’ll be participating. Then send your submissions by March 27, 2008 to Please include the phrase BLOG SWARM at the start of your subject line.