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Date archive for: May 2016

Ahead of Democratic Caucus, Updated North Dakota Disability Voter Guide Released

State has Second Highest Rate of Employment for People with Disabilities

Washington, May 31 – As North Dakota’s Democrats head to the caucus next week, RespectAbility is releasing its updated North Dakota Disability Voter Guide.

North Dakota has the coveted distinction of being the state with the second highest rate of employment for individuals with disabilities, employing 49.9 percent of their citizens with disabilities, coming in closely behind South Dakota at 50.1 percent.

Fully 49.9 percent of the 38,037 working-age (between the ages of 21 and 64) people with disabilities are employed in North Dakota. The 2,100 youth with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 20 living in North Dakota have increasing chances to successfully transition into the world of work. North Dakota’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.

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New Mexico Disability Voter Guide Released: State’s Apprenticeships Serve People with Disabilities

Washington, May 31 – As voters head to the polls in New Mexico next week, RespectAbility is releasing its New Mexico Disability Voter Guide.

There are 311,773 people with a disability living in New Mexico, 157,900 of whom are of working age (between the ages of 21 and 64). There are an additional 9,900 people ages 16-20 with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to enter the workforce. New Mexico’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.

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New Jersey Disability Voter Guide: State Puts Employment First for People with Disabilities

Washington, May 25 – As voters head to the polls in New Jersey next month, RespectAbility is releasing its New Jersey Disability Voter Guide.

There are 935,833 people with a disability living in New Jersey, 409,000 of whom are of working age (between the ages of 21 and 64). There are an additional 20,300 people ages 16-20 with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to enter the workforce. New Jersey’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.

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Montana Disability Voter Guide: 40% Montanans with Disabilities Are Employed

Washington, May 23 – As voters head to the polls in Montana next month, RespectAbility is releasing its Montana Disability Voter Guide. Montana’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.

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. They each have significantly different views on the issues.

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Trump: “I’ve spent a lot of money making buildings accessible”

Washington, May 19 – In an attempt to fix his battered image, presumptive Republican nominee is addressing some of the controversies of his presidential campaign – including his perceived attack on a reporter with a disability. During an interview with The Washington Post, Trump delivered an unprompted speech on this incident, which expanded stigmas that have been undermining people with disabilities for ages:

“I would never say anything bad about a person that has a disability,” Trump said, leaning forward at his office desk. “I swear to you it’s true, 100 percent true. . . . Who would do that to [the] handicapped? I’ve spent a lot of money making buildings accessible.”

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California Disability Voter Guide Released

5.9 Million Eligible Voters with a Disability in California

Washington, May 18 – As voters head to the polls in California next month, RespectAbility is releasing its California Disability Voter Guide for the 5.9 million eligible voters with a disability in the state. California’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.

“Closing the turnout gap is a high priority for voters with disabilities,” Ted Jackson, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers’ Community Organizing Director, said. “It will demonstrate that we are building electoral power and hold our elected officials accountable to the strength of our voting bloc.”

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Oregon Disability Voter Guide: State Working to Increase Workforce Collaboration

State Working to Increase Collaboration between Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Other Workforce Organizations

Washington, May 16 – As voters head to the polls in Oregon tomorrow, RespectAbility is sharing its Oregon Disability Voter Guide.

There are 571,982 people with a disability in Oregon, 274,900 of whom are of working age (between the ages of 21 and 64). There are an additional 14,000 people ages 16-20 with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to enter the workforce. Oregon’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.

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Ahead of Democratic Primary, Kentucky Disability Voter Guide Released

State Ranks Near Bottom in Country in Employment Rate of People with Disabilities at Just 27.3 Percent

Washington, May 16 – As voters head to the polls in Kentucky tomorrow, RespectAbility released its Kentucky Disability Voter Guide. There are 734,781 people with a disability in Kentucky, 399,100 of whom are of working age (between the ages of 21 and 64). There are an additional 21,400 people ages 16-20 with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to enter the workforce. Kentucky’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.

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West Virginia Disability Voter Guide Released: State Ranks Lowest in Country in Employment Rate of People with Disabilities at 25.6%

Washington, May 9 – As voters head to the polls in West Virginia tomorrow, RespectAbility released its West Virginia Disability Voter Guide. There are 368,983 West Virginians with a disability, 187,400 of whom are of working age (between the ages of 21 and 64). There are an additional 7,000 people ages 16-20 with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to enter the workforce. West Virginia’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.

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Gov. Hassan: Son with Cerebral Palsy is Reason She’s Involved in Public Service

Washington, May 4 – New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), who is running for the Senate against Kelly Ayotte (R), is out with a new ad that may just take your breath away.

Hassan’s ad, her first of the season, tells the story of her son Ben, who has cerebral palsy, is a wheelchair user and is nonverbal. Through personal stories and detailing the challenges facing Ben and Hassan’s family, she becomes relatable to the average voters as a mother looking out for her son. She explains how her son is the reason she became involved in politics.

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Indiana Disability Voter Guide Released

State’s Investment in Project SEARCH to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities

Washington, May 2 – As voters head to the polls in Indiana tomorrow, RespectAbility is releasing its Indiana Disability Voter Guide. There are 898,434 people with a disability living in Indiana, 418,400 of whom are of working age (between the ages of 21 and 64). There are an additional 25,500 people ages 16-20 with disabilities, many of whom are hoping to enter the workforce. Indiana’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.

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