Nearly three years after signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Obama administration is asking the U.S. Senate to grant final approval of the treaty.
The United States signed the convention in 2009, but Senate approval is required in order to make participation official.
The convention is designed to expand community access and improve the standard of living for the estimated 650 million people around the world with disabilities. It is the first new human rights convention this century.
President Barack Obama officially sent the treaty to the Senate Thursday and asked lawmakers to ratify it.