Disability Voting Rights Week

September 12-16, 2022

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What is Disability Voting Rights Week?

Every year, the REV UP Campaign coordinates Disability Voting Rights Week (formerly National Disability Voter Registration Week) to increase the political power of people with disabilities. We do this by getting disabled people registered and ready to vote and engaging our candidates and communities on issues impacting people with disabilities.

This year, Disability Voting Rights Week is September 12-16, 2022. In 2020, an estimated 38 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote, and we invite national, state, and local organizations and advocates to participate in this national initiative in order to continue to raise the disability voice and civic participation across the country in 2022 and beyond!

How Can I Get Involved with Disability Voting Rights Week?

There are many ways to participate in this national initiative! To get involved, you can:

  1. Host a Voter Registration or Education Event! Host an event to register people with disabilities to vote or help voters in your state understand the rules, disability voting rights, voting options, safety-protocols, and key dates for the 2021 elections. For ideas and guidance on hosting an event, check out our Partner Toolkit (updated 2022 toolkit coming soon).
  2. Activate your Social Media! Use the power and reach of social media to motivate your network to register and vote and inform voters on your state’s election rules and dates. For sample social media posts and graphics, check out our Social Media Toolkit (updated 2022 toolkit coming soon).
  3. Write letters to the editor or Op-Eds and engage local radio or TV stations on the growing efforts by the disability community. Check out The Op-Ed Project for tips on writing a compelling Op-Ed!
  4. Organize a candidate town hall event or distribute candidate questionnaires to engage candidates with people with disabilities in your community. As a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization you must send an invitation to all candidates. Nonprofit VOTE offers additional resources and guides on staying nonpartisan.
  5. Connect with other disability rights and voting rights organizations in your area to partner on events and initiatives during Disability Voting Rights Week.
  6. Ask your Governor, Mayor, City Council, County Commissioner, or State Representative to issue a proclamation declaring September 12-16, 2022, Disability Voting Rights Week. Find a draft Proclamation here (updated 2022 proclamation draft coming soon) and send any Proclamations you receive to laluri@aapd.com!

Resources & Tools

Getting people with disabilities registered to vote is the first step to increasing the political power of people with disabilities. Below are links to tools and resources to help you get involved in NDVRW 2021:

  • 2021 Trainings – August 5 Transcript & Recording, August 11 Transcript & Recording
  • Signup Form (coming soon) – Sign up to participate in NDVRW through planning events or other activities!
  • Partner Toolkit (Coming Soon) – Tools and resources for organizing events and initiatives to build the power of the disability vote.
  • Social Media Toolkit (Coming Soon) – Sample social media language and social media graphics in English and Spanish.
  • Register Your Event (Coming Soon) – Share details for events you are planning so we can share them with our network!
  • Flyers (Coming Soon) – Share about Disabiliy Voting Rights Week with your partners!
  • Sample Proclamation (Coming Soon) – Encourage your local officials to issue a proclamation for Disability Voting Rights Week 2022!
  • Press Release Template (Coming Soon) – Download and edit this press release template to share your involvement in this initiative in your state and communities.

*Special thanks to Fabiola Tortajada, Laura Marquez from Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center, and María Vicky Díaz, Dr. Sara M. Acevedo, and Dr. Federico Waitoller with the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities/Coalición Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades (CNLD) for support with Spanish translations of NDVRW materials.

Thank you to all of our 2021 Partners!

Abilities First
Able to Vote
Access the Vote Florida
Achilles Saturday Coffee Klatch
Alliance Center for Independence
Alliance for Citizens with Diabilities-Hillsborough County
Arc Northland
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Atlantic Center for Independent Living
Augusta CSRA NFB chapter
Autism Resources MidSouth
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Beth Tikvah Congregation Tzedek
Bloomberg Volunteers
Campaigns By Vincent
Campus Election Engagement Project
Center for Independent Living
Center for Independent Living
Center of Hope Foundation
CIL Jacksonville
City of Fort Worth
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities
Community Resources for Independent Living
COST Outreach Ministry
Count US IN
Count US INdiana
County elections
CUNY Coalition for Students With Disabilities(CCSD)
Cuyahoga County ADvisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities
Dayle McIntosh Center
Desert ADAPT
Disability and Democracy
Disability Awareness Now
Disability Link
Disability Peoples Forum Uganda
Disability Pride PA
Disability Right Texas
Disability Rights and Resources
Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services
DisAbility Rights Idaho
Disability Rights Maine
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Disability Service and Legal Center(DSLC)
Diverse Ability Incorporated
Employ-Ability LLC
Empower Tennessee
Empower: Abilities
Eyes Like Mine Inc.
Families Helping Families NOLA
Families Helping Families of SWLA
Families Helping Families Region 7
Grassroots connection
Grassroots Connectors
Grupo Dignidad, Igualdad Oportunidad
Harlem Independent Living Center
Independent Living Center of Mobile
Inspire Positivity Inc.

Iowa Disability League
Iowa Secretary of State
Keller Williams
Lawrence County Republivian
League of Women Voters Dane County
League of Women Voters Licking County
League of Women Voters of the US
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
Liberty Resources
Lighthouse of the Big Bend
Louisiana Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs
Louisiana Progress
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Lynette Bech
Marin County Elections Department
Mary’s Voice
Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, Virginia Beach
Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities, Fort Worth
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
Momentum WORK, Inc.
Montgomery County MD Transition Work Group
National Association of Councils on Independent Living
National Black Justice Coalition
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council on Independent Living
National Office, The Arc of the United States
NCDP Disability Issues Caucus
Orange County FL Supervisor of Elections
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office
People First of Alabama
People’s Care
Public Affairs Concepts
Rainbow Connection FRC
Reach for Resources
Redwood Coast Regional Center
REV UP Georgia
REV UP Minnesota
REV UP Texas
REV UP Virginia
Ridge Area Arc
Rock the Vote
Shasta College
Sources for Community Independent Living
South Atlantic Conference of Seventh day Adventist Disabilities Ministries
St. Louis Arc
St. Louis Self-Advocates
State Voices

Staten Island Center for Independent Living
Stone Belt
Supportive Behavioral Resources
TBI Raiders
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
The Andrew Goodman Foundation
The Arc Georgia
The Arc Maryland
The Arc Michigan
The Arc Minnesota
The Arc Noble County Foundations
The Arc of Arizona
The Arc of Aurora
The Arc of Greater Boone County
The Arc of High Point
The Arc of Indiana
The Arc of Louisiana
The Arc of Massachusetts
The Arc of Nebraska
The Arc of Opportunity
The Arc of San Diego
The Arc of Southwest Georgia
The Arc of Spokane
The Arc-Dane County
The University of Alabama
Uniting for Change
Upgrade Medicaid
Urban Matters Advocacy & Action
Voto Latino
Walton Options Center for Independent Living
Washington Parish DPEC
When We All Vote
Williamson and Travis Counties VDR
Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

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