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Date archive for: May 2019

Presidential Hopeful Rep. Ryan Has History of Advocating for Mental Health Awareness

Washington, D.C., May 23 – Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan took office in 2003, but he gained notoriety in 2016 when he challenged then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying that a new generation of leadership was needed in the Democratic Party. Now, Rep. Ryan is running for President. When examining his record on disability issues, it is clear that Rep. Ryan advocates for mental health awareness and has supported the disability community by cosponsoring several important bills.

In recent years, he has cosponsored two bills on mental health issues that have become law. The National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 aims to shorten the suicide hotline phone number to three digits to make it easier to call. The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 makes grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, helps develop resources for mental health providers on the specific challenges that law enforcement officers face, and will examine the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks.

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Presidential Hopeful Gov. Steve Bullock Has History of Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., May 16 – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is running for President on the idea that he is a Democratic Governor in a red state who knows how to work with people on both sides of the aisle. But how does he fare on disability issues?

While running for re-election in 2016, Gov. Bullock completed the #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire for presidential, senate and gubernatorial candidates put out by RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. In his response to the questionnaire, he focused on employment, independent community living, veterans with disabilities, education, healthcare, caregivers support and workforce development issues.

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Eight Tips for Presidential Candidates: How to Connect with Voters with Disabilities

By Lauren Appelbaum and Hon. Steve Bartlett

Washington, D.C., May 9 – For a presidential campaign to be fully inclusive of people with disabilities, it needs to meet the following requirements: (1) offer captioning with every video it shares or produces, (2) mention people with disabilities and their issues, (3) depict people with visible disabilities in its media, (4) reach out to the disability community, and (5) provide accessible campaign events and website. RespectAbility staff looks forward to assisting all campaigns in achieving these important goals. Below are some tips on how to do so.

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