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Author: Lauren Appelbaum

Presidential Candidates: Don’t Forget People with Disabilities

Las Vegas, Oct. 13 – Tonight the Democratic candidates for president will debate each other for the first time this season. While many minority groups are sure to be discussed, America’s largest minority group, people with disabilies (PwDs) is an important group to pay attention to. America has 56 million…

Rehabilitation, Not Jail for Drug Offenders

  Washington, Sept. 18 – During this week’s Republican debate, presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina shared a personal story while talking about criminal justice reform for drug offenders. “I buried a child to drug addiction,” Fiorina said at the debate in Simi Valley, California. Fiorina’s stepdaughter died in 2009 when she…

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate Legality of Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy

Washington, Sept. 18 – In a conversation over state versus federal rates legislating the legality of marijuana, several Republican presidential candidates brought up the issue of cannabis oil for children living with epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. Sen. Rand Paul claimed both former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov.…

Trump: Too Many Vaccines At Once Cause Autism

  Washington, Sept. 17 – While there have been countless debates over the cause of autism and whether vaccines could be to blame, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump repeated claims that vaccines administered according to the recommended schedule cause autism. “Autism has become an epidemic,” Trump said during the CNN Republican Debate Wednesday…

Disability Groups to Host Presidential Town Hall Meetings

Washington, Sept. 17 – The RespectAbility Report and RespectAbility USA, along with a growing list of nonprofit disability partner organizations (listed below), will host Online Presidential Candidate Town Halls on People with Disabilities, Jobs, and the American Dream.  These town halls will be national, nonpartisan events that will connect the disability community…

Sponsorship Opportunities: Online Presidential Candidate Town Halls

Washington, Sept. 17 – The RespectAbility Report and RespectAbility USA, along with a growing list of nonprofit disability partner organizations (listed below), will host Online Presidential Candidate Town Halls on People with Disabilities, Jobs, and the American Dream.  These town halls will be national, nonpartisan events that will connect the disability community with…

Clinton Campaign Website Adds Page Dedicated to Disability Rights

Washington, Sept. 13 – Hillary Clinton is the first Democratic candidate to include a page on her website dedicated to people with disabilities. Highlighting disability rights as one of the campaign’s issues, the site says, “We must continue to expand opportunities for all Americans.” Making websites accessible for all people is…

Grassroots Disability Activists Create Facebook Pages for Clinton and Sanders

Washington, Sept. 10 – Social media is not a new tool for grassroots activists to galvanize supporters for their desired candidate. Three Facebook pages – two for Hillary Clinton and one for Bernie Sanders – highlight the presidential hopefuls’ stances on a variety of disability issues. There are two competing…

Bush: Taking Care of Developmentally Disabled is Core Value

Washington, Sept. 9 – In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, former Gov. Jeb Bush talked about bringing people together and building up the economy. When asked how he differs politically from his brother, the presidential hopeful criticized George W. Bush’s failure to reign in government spending, saying,…

Trump: Gun Violence Not Gun Problem; It’s a Mental Problem

Washington, August 28 – The shooting of two journalists on live television renewed conversations on two hot button topics – gun control and mental illness. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has come on the record against tightening gun laws, saying he is “a very strong Second Amendment person,” and instead doubled down on…

Calling All Citizen Journalists

Washington, August 25 – As The RespectAbility Report continues to track all of the presidential candidates’ statements on disability issues, we are asking for our readers’ help. Since our staff is small, we need you to ask the candidates to talk about these important issues. It’s simple. People with disabilities…

RespectAbilityUSA Resource for Voters with Disabilities

Important Dates: Elections, Debates & Expos September 10, 2015 Illinois – CD-18 Special General Election Louisiana – Filing Deadline September 16, 2015 CNN Republican Primary Debate Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA Sponsors: Reagan Library Foundation, CNN, Salem Media Group Moderator(s): Jake Tapper September 18-20, 2015 Abilities Expo Location:…

Clinton Visits Coffee Shop Owned By Woman with Disability

Washington, August 24 – Em’s Coffee Company in Independence, Iowa may appear to have been just a stop for lunch – or on a tour of small businesses – for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, but for the disability community, this visit last May means much more. Em’s is run by Emilea…

Fiorina’s National Co-Chair on Carly’s “Message of Inclusion”

Cleveland, August 7 – Charlie Gerow, Carly Fiorina’s National Co-Chair, shares his thoughts on the candidate’s “message of inclusion” for people with disabilities: Q: What is Carly Fiorina’s plan to help people with disabilities enter the workforce? Carly Fiorina’s entire campaign has been built around the theme of unlocking human…

GOP Debate: Give Americans a Hand Up, Not a Handout

Cleveland, August 7 – During Thursday’s earlier Fox News Debate, Martha MacCallum asked the Republican presidential hopefuls about a top issue among not just people with disabilities but many voters – economy and jobs – for people who are receiving government assistance because of economic or disability needs. “Eighty-two million Americans over…

Carson: Privately Fund Employment Programs for People with Disabilities

Cleveland, August 7 – Privately funded organizations, not the government, are the way to help people with disabilities obtain jobs, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson told The RespectAbility Report following the Fox News debate Thursday evening. “Most of our social problems can be taken care of by business, industry, academia, Wall Street, churches…

Jindal: Don’t Lose Government Assistance While Going Back to Work

Cleveland, August 6 – Gov. Bobby Jindal calls for government to work as an assistance, not as a barrier, for people with disabilities wanting to enter the workforce. “We could change some of the incentives in our government programs to give folks the support, instead of an all or nothing…

Graham: People with Disabilities, Keep Benefits While Starting Work

Cleveland, August 6 – Sen. Lindsey Graham has a plan for getting people with disabilities back to work and let them keep their government disability benefits too. “If I were president, you could receive government benefits and work too. I don’t want to punish people who want to work,” Graham…

Kasich, Christie and Pataki Speak About Disability at New Hampshire Forum

Washington, August 5 – Leading up to the first Republican primary debate that will take place in Cleveland, Ohio tomorrow, several candidates are highlighting the importance of talking about disability issues on the campaign trail. In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney never talked about disability issues and it was…