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Month: 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…