As supporters of disability rights, we need to be engaged in the electoral process. We need to be active and we need to be informed about candidates’ positions. That’s why AAPD and our allied organizations asked all of the presidential campaigns to explain their positions on our policy priorities, including:
• What they will do to increase the number of people with disabilities in the federal workforce;
• Whether they support hiring goals for federal contractors;
• Whether they will support making television, phone service, websites, and consumer electronics fully accessible to people with disabilities;
• What they will do to ensure that people with disabilities have access to tools that enable us to live in our community and fulfill our potential;
• What they will do to increase the number of students with disabilities who receive high school and college educations;
• What they will do to expand access to affordable transportation; and
• How they will ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to the vote.
The full questionnaire is available here.
The issues in this questionnaire come down to the most basic American value: equal opportunity. Every presidential candidate would agree that promoting equal opportunity is a top priority. The questionnaire asks the candidates to share their specific plans to reduce unemployment, end barriers to education and community participation, and protect our right to vote.
The President completed and returned our questionnaire. You can read his answers here.
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