Skip to content

Date archive for: April 2016

Maryland Disability Voter Guide: State Varies in Employment Rate of Working-Age People with Disabilities

Rockville, Md., April 26 – As voters head to the polls in Maryland today, RespectAbility released its Maryland Disability Voter Guide. The state varies greatly in employment rate of working-age people with disabilities. While 39.1 percent of working-age Marylanders with disabilities state-wide are employed (compared to 78 percent of those without disabilities), it’s important to delve below these topline numbers. Fully 47.97 percent of working-age people with disabilities in Montgomery County is employed. However, in Baltimore city, that number drops to just 26.5 percent. Maryland’s voters are looking to know where the candidates stand on important disability issues in order to increase opportunities for competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities.

read more

Pennsylvania Disability Voter Guide: State Committed to Employment First, Early Education

Washington, April 26 – As voters head to the polls in Pennsylvania today, RespectAbility released its Pennsylvania Disability Voter Guide. There are 1,689,123 Pennsylvanians with disabilities, 831,700 of whom are between the ages of 21-64. There are an additional 59,000 people with disabilities between the ages of 16-20. Pennsylvania’s voters are looking to know where the candidates stand on important disability issues in order to increase opportunities for competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities.

read more

Rhode Island Disability Voter Guide: Only 33.9% of Rhode Island’s 63,400 Working-Age People with Disabilities are Employed

Washington, April 25 – As voters head to the polls in Rhode Island today, RespectAbility released its Rhode Island Disability Voter Guide. Rhode Island has a large employment gap between people with disabilities employed versus people without disabilities employed – 43.8 percent. This lack of employment for people with disabilities creates poverty, powerlessness, and poor health. Rhode Island voters are looking to know where the candidates stand on important disability issues in order to increase opportunities for competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities.

read more

Delaware Disability Voter Guide: Gov. Markell’s Better Bottom Line Initiative Sets Stage For Many WIOA Innovations

Washington, April 26 – As voters head to the polls in Delaware today, RespectAbility released its Delaware Disability Voter Guide. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s leadership as chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Better Bottom Line Initiative sets the stage to ensure best practices for expanding competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities, and voters are looking to know where the candidates stand on important disability issues.

The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

read more

Connecticut Disability Voter Guide: State Ranks 13th in Country in Employment Rate of People with Disabilities at 40 Percent

Washington, April 26 – As voters head to the polls in Connecticut today, RespectAbility released its Connecticut Disability Voter Guide. Connecticut has a solid foundation to build on in terms of expanding competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities, and voters are looking to know where the candidates stand on important disability issues.

The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

read more

Edwards, Van Hollen Differ in Records on Fighting for People with Disabilities

Rockville, Md., April 25 – In what has been described as a race centered on “identity politics,” Maryland Democrats face a significant choice as they look to replace an icon of the U.S. Senate. After 30 years of services, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the senior senator of Maryland, is retiring. Mikulski was a trailblazing leader and was the first woman in the Democratic Party to win a seat in the U.S. Senate outright. The contest to choose her replacement has been closely fought, deeply dividing and has garnered national attention. This Tuesday, Democratic voters will choose between Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards from Maryland’s 4th district and Congressman Chris Van Hollen from Maryland’s 8th District. Even as the primary vote draws near, polling showing a tight race between Edwards and Van Hollen.

read more

Disability Activists Ask Cruz to Co-Sponsor The Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 17 – In their latest campaign visit, New York-based Center for Disability Rights and Rochester ADAPT pushed Sen. Ted Cruz to comment on if he would cosponsor the Disability Integration Act (DIA) like Sen. Bernie Sanders has and Secretary Hillary Clinton supported.

The DIA would ensure that people in need of long-term services and supports such as personal care attendants can receive these services while living at home or in the community instead of in an institutionalized setting if they wish to do so.

read more

Kasich visits Brooklyn School for Children with Autism

Washington, April 14 – On his swing through New York state, Kasich stopped by Shema Kolainu-HearOurVoices, a school in the Orthodox neighborhood of Borough Park in Brooklyn catering to children with autism and their families.

Founded in 1998, the nonprofit, nondenominational, multicultural school provides broad spectrum education and therapeutic programs to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.

“We’re going to have a moment to go to a school where we have young Orthodox Jews who are experiencing some – we call them disabilities – maybe the Lord sees it in a different way,” Kasich said on Tuesday outside the adjacent Shmurah Matzoh Bakery he had visited prior to the school.

read more

Disability Activists Ask Kasich to Support The Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 13 – While Sen. Bernie Sanders has signed on as a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (DIA) and Secretary Hillary Clinton released an official statement on her website announcing support of the bill, none of the Republican candidates for president have stated if they support the bill.

The DIA would ensure that people in need of long-term services and supports such as personal care attendants can receive these services while living at home or in the community instead of in an institutionalized setting if they wish to do so.

read more

Clinton, Sanders Woo New York’s Disability Voters

Washington, April 12 – There’s a noticeable shift in the content of the Democratic presidential nominees as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking turns pushing the disability agenda – a first for any presidential campaign.

Both the former Secretary of State and Vermont Senator were quick to complete the #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire. They have significantly different views on the issues.

Since then, the candidates have taken turns trying to one-up each other on issues such as subminimum wage (see statements by both Clinton and Sanders) and the Disability Integration Act (Clinton, Sanders) while on the campaign trail in New York.

read more

New York Disability Voter Guide Released: Only 33.6 Percent of the 997,500 Working-Age New Yorkers with Disabilities are Employed

Washington, April 11 – As voters prepare to head to the polls in New York next week, RespectAbility is releasing its New York Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

read more

Gov. Branstad Touts Jobs for Iowans with Disabilities

Washington, April 9 – Months following the presidential primary caucus, Iowa may be out of the political spotlight for many but the disability community is still making headway in the first caucus state.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are bringing critical attention to Iowa’s leadership as the third best state in the nation for empowering individuals with disabilities through employment. As measured by data collected in the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, the employment rate for Iowans with disabilities is significantly higher than that national average.

read more

Wyoming Disability Voter Guide Released: MentorABILITY Program & Business Leadership Network Bring Best Practices to State

Washington, April 8 – As voters head to the polls in Wyoming this week, RespectAbility released its Wyoming Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

read more

Sanders Becomes Co-Sponsor of Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders signed on as a cosponsor of The Disability Integration Act (DIA) on the same day his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton released an official statement on her website announcing support of the bill. The DIA was introduced in the Senate in December 2015 by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and currently has five co-sponsors.

The DIA will ensure that people in need of long-term services and supports such as personal care attendants can receive these services while living at home or in the community instead of in an institutionalized setting if they wish to do so. Studies have shown that it is more cost effective to do so than to live in institutionalized settings such as nursing homes where people with disabilities can no longer participate and contribute to society by working and paying taxes.

read more

Clinton Affirms Support for Disability Integration Act

Washington, April 6 – Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is putting her support behind the Disability Integration Act (DIA), a monumental bill introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would greatly affect the lives of people with disabilities.

“In this campaign, I have committed to improving opportunities for people with disabilities to live in integrated community settings, consistent with the full promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s historic Olmstead decision,” Clinton said in an official statement. “As President, I am committed to ensuring that these promises are fulfilled. That is why I support the Disability Integration Act.”

read more

Sanders: End Subminimum Wage for People with Disabilities

Washington, April 5 – Sen. Bernie Sanders is joining the rally call to raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers – including people with disabilities.

“This campaign is about building on these successes so that everyone in this country can enjoy the dignity and basic economic security that comes from a living wage, no matter what state they live in,” Sanders said in a statement as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New York and California respectively. “That includes ending the subminimum wage for tipped workers and persons with disabilities.”

read more

Wisconsin Disability Voter Guide Released: State a Champion of Highly Successful Project SEARCH Model

Washington, April 4 – As voters head to the polls in Wisconsin tomorrow, RespectAbility released its Wisconsin Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

read more