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Disability Issues Lack Spotlight But Not Forgotten at CNN Democratic Town Hall

Washington, Jan. 27 – Many minority groups were highlighted at this week’s Democratic Town Hall, with questions ranging from racial inequality to LGBT rights. However, the largest minority group – the 56 million people with disabilities – was not. Even though there were no direct questions, all three candidates brought up issues important to the community.

Secretary Hillary Clinton gave a shout out to Sen. Tom Harkin, who has endorsed Clinton, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), of which Harkin was a co-author.

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O’Malley, Rubio Pledge to Learn More About Higher Crime Rates Against People With Disabilities

Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 2 – People with disabilities are twice as likely to be victims of violent crime than people without disabilities, while people with disabilities between 12-15 and 35-49 are three times more likely to be victims of violent crimes. None of the presidential candidates has a plan on this issue. But in recent interviews with presidential hopefuls Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Marco Rubio, both pledged to learn more.

“I don’t recall any grant program, any course of action or any strategies along the lines of how do we keep people with disabilities safer from violent crime,” the Democratic hopeful said in Des Moines on Dec. 27 at a town hall hosted by the Star PAC who specifically advocate on behalf of peace issues.

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O’Malley’s Son: Mission for Father to Include People with Different Obstacles in Economy

Manchester, NH, Dec. 28 – At a briefing organized by RespectAbility last week on the disability vote, several campaigns sent their New Hampshire state directors and other representatives. Gov. Martin O’Malley sent two individuals – his N.H. State Director John Bivona and his son William, who was in town for the Democratic primary debate a few days earlier.

O’Malley is just one of three campaigns, along with the Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush campaigns, to have met with RespectAbility in all of its state-specific meetings in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada – showing that he is interested in having a strong relationship with disability groups.

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O’Malley: Identify Best Practices to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities

Manchester, NH, Dec. 22 – Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley called for identifying best practices when asked to address the large unemployment numbers for people with disabilities.

“We need to lift up the best practices state by state and do a better job as a nation in seeding, feeding and supporting those best practices that connect our neighbors with disabilities to gain full employment,” O’Malley said during a townhall Sunday at American Legion Sweeney Post 2 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Drug addiction takes center stage at third Democratic debate

Manchester, NH, Dec. 20 – The third Democratic presidential debate touched on a topic often overlooked among the myriad of issues candidates face at debates – drug addiction, in particular the growing heroin epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called the epidemic a “tragedy all over the country,” and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said, “it’s a huge public health challenge.”

Sanders pointed out that we “need to understand that addiction is a disease, not a criminal activity.”

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O’Malley Promotes Record Of Support For Workforce Training, Best Practices

Des Moines, Nov. 15 – Maryland increased its effectiveness of its workforce training programs, presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley said of his time as Maryland’s governor.

“I learned as governor the very disparate  way, that people with disabilities are kept out of our workforce, and so as governor we actually increased and improved on the effectiveness on our workforce training programs, especially as they relate to people with disabilities,” O’Malley said in an exclusive interview with The RespectAbility Report following the CBS Democratic presidential primary debate.

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“Dignity for people who are disabled”

Des Moines, Nov. 14 – Ahead of tonight’s Democratic debate, all of the Democratic campaigns in addition to two Republican campaigns met with twenty disability leaders in Iowa yesterday. Ben Chou, Martin O’Malley’s Constituency Outreach Director in Iowa, said the former governor is a champion for dignity for all people.

“Dignity for people who are disabled,” Chou emphasized following the meeting. “There are hazards for them when they are going to try and find a job, or whether they are at work and some sort of situation happens. These are the type of hazards, that the state, the city, your government should be responsible for.”

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O’Malley On “Dignity of Work” for People with Disabilities

Boulder, Oct. 28 – While the night’s spotlight was shining on the CNBC Republican Primary Debate, Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley walked along the paths of the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. In a conversation with The RespectAbility Report, the former governor of Maryland said, “people with disabilities labor under a disproportionally high unemployment rate.”

These comments reflect the economic challenge and harsh reality facing our nation’s 21 million working-age people with disabilities. 321,409 Marylanders between the ages of 18 and 64 have a disability. Of that number, just four out of 10 are currently employed.

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O’Malley: Focus on Job Training & Placement to Help People with Disabilities

Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – Job training and placements will help more people with disabilities gain successful employment, Gov. Martin O’Malley told The RespectAbility Report following the Democratic primary debate.

“When I was governor of Maryland, we saw the appalling level of unemployment among our neighbors and people with disabilities,” O’Malley said in the spin room at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  “So we had a program … and we focused on training. We focused on placement, because we believe that in our state, there’s no such thing as a spare American. And the more we can involve all of our citizens more fully in the economic life of our state, the better we would do.”

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