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Hubbell Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Iowa Democratic nominee for governor Fred Hubbell outlined his views on training and hiring the 175,300 working-age people with disabilities in Iowa, who have an unemployment rate of 54.2 percent.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities. The upcoming elections and their results will have an impact on people with disabilities, so it is important to become familiar with the candidates’ thoughts on certain issues.

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Schuette Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette outlined his views on training and hiring the 738,700 working-age people with disabilities in Michigan, who have an unemployment rate of 66.4 percent. Schuette is the Republican nominee for Michigan Governor.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities. The upcoming elections and their results will have an impact on people with disabilities, so it is important to become familiar with the candidates’ thoughts on certain issues.

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Polis Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis outlined his views on training and hiring the 308,342 working-age people with disabilities in Colorado, who have an unemployment rate of 57.3 percent. Polis is running for governor in his home state under the Democratic ticket.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities. The upcoming elections and their results will have an impact on people with disabilities, so it is important to become familiar with the candidates’ thoughts on certain issues.

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Ige Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Hawaii’s Democratic Gov. David Ige outlined his views on training and hiring the 65,700 working-age people with disabilities in Hawaii, who have an unemployment rate of 59.5 percent.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities. The upcoming elections and their results will have an impact on people with disabilities, so it is important to become familiar with the candidates’ thoughts on certain issues.

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Walker Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Alaska Independent Gov. Bill Walker outlined his views on training and hiring the 54,500 working-age people with disabilities in Alaska, who have an unemployment rate of 49.6 percent.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities. The upcoming elections and their results will have an impact on people with disabilities, so it is important to become familiar with the candidates’ thoughts on certain issues.

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Maddox Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues.

Walter ‘Walt’ Maddox, a Democrat, currently serves as Tuscaloosa’s Mayor. This is his fourth term in office as mayor. Previously he has served as Executive Director of Personnel for the Tuscaloosa City Schools, as well as councilman for the sixth district of Tuscaloosa. He faces Republican incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey in November’s midterm elections.

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Tupola Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues.

Andria Tupola is the current representative for district 43 in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, where she is the current Minority Leader for the House Republican delegation. Tupola also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee in the Hawaii House of Representatives. Aside from her elected experience, Tupola is a music professor at Leeward Howard Community College and the University of Hawaii West O’ahu.

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Kelly Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 7 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues.

Laura Kelly, a Democratic candidate and current Senate Minority Whip for the Kansas Senate, is the first gubernatorial candidate in Kansas to complete the full 2018 #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

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Pritzker Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 5 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. JB Pritzker, a Democratic candidate for governor, responded to the #PwDsVote Questionnaire.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

This is important for Illinois’ 1,408,800 citizens with disabilities. Only 35.1 percent of the 697,200 working-age people with disabilities in Illinois are employed. Further, there are more than 118,200 youth with disabilities and each year a quarter of them will age out of school into an uncertain future.

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Sisolak First to Complete Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 4 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues.

Steve Sisolak, a Democratic candidate and current Clark County Commission Chair seeking the governorship in Nevada, is the first to respond in full to the 2018 #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates for people with disabilities.

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2018 #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates

Questions Focus on Issues Relating to Employment and Stigma

In 2016, RespectAbility, a Washington-based nonpartisan nonprofit that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of community, sent the #PwDsVote Presidential Campaign Questionnaire to all of the presidential candidates and #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates for down-ballot candidates. For 2018, RespectAbility has once again been reaching out to down-ballot candidates and is posting all responses in full on The RespectAbility Report, a nonpartisan political commentary on U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. The RespectAbility Report is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

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Indiana’s Campaign Promotes Hiring People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., May 10 – I’m staring back at the wide eyes, nervous shoulders and fidgety hands of the hiring manager. As he interviews me for my dream job, those wide eyes flick down to my wheelchair, then back to my face. His eyes make that journey multiple times and ask 100 questions at once. None of the questions ever make it to the mouth. So, I start.

“And so, with my wheelchair…?” I leave the question open-ended, because I never know where someone’s mind is going to go.

Suddenly, whatever self-imposed seal there was has been broken. Questions come pouring out covered in nervous tension. “What about when we get deliveries, what will you do with then?” “Can you wear professional clothing?” “Is it okay if we have to travel; can you get in a car?”  “What if you can’t reach a shelf?”

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Gov. Scott Walker Signs Employment First Bill into Law as Wisconsin continues to lead on jobs

Washington, D.C., April 11 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, Wisconsin continues to have one of the nation’s highest employment rates for people with disabilities, outperforming bigger states like Texas and California. People with disabilities, who have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, are succeeding thanks to workforce system better aligned to enable them to succeed, just like anyone else.

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2,241 people with disabilities lose jobs in Oregon as State Ranked 19th in America

Washington, D.C., March 27 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, according to new data, 2,241 people with disabilities in Oregon lost jobs.

According to RespectAbility, a national organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Oregon now ranks 19th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 303,115 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 118,914 of them have jobs. Oregon has a 39.2 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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3,838 New Jobs for People with Disabilities in Nebraska

Nebraska is 5th Best State for Workers with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, Nebraska now ranks 5th in the nation for employment of people with disabilities. Under Gov. Pete Ricketts, over 3,838 more Nebraskans with disabilities entered the workforce last year, putting Nebraska in the top five states for employment. Other top states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Alaska. People with disabilities have been left out of previous periods of job growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

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669 new jobs for people with disabilities in Missouri

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 669 more people with disabilities in Missouri gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Missouri now ranks 32nd on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 468,140 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 164,243 of them have jobs. Missouri currently has a 35.1 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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5,944 New Jobs for Marylanders with Disabilities

However, challenges remain in terms of education and empowerment.

Washington, D.C., March 27 – Even as the national employment rate continues to increase, more Marylanders with disabilities are entering the workforce. A new analysis published by RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities, reports that Maryland now ranks 17th in the nation for employment of people with disabilities. In total there are 334,505 working-age Marylanders with disabilities and 137,517 have jobs. Last year, 5,944 more people with disabilities entered Maryland’s workforce.

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2,389 people with disabilities lose jobs in Louisiana as State Ranked 44th in America

Washington, D.C., March 27 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, according to new data, 2,389 people with disabilities in Louisiana lost jobs.

According to RespectAbility, a national organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Louisiana now ranks 44th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 384,377 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 120,443 of them have jobs. Louisiana has a 31.3 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Florida Leads Nation on Job Growth for People with Disabilities – over 35,000 new jobs

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 35,480 more people with disabilities in Florida gained employment. That total outpaces every other state in terms of job gains among people with disabilities. In large this is because today’s workforce system is better equipped to enable job seekers with barriers to employment to succeed, just like anyone else.

While an improving state economy has enable large number of Floridians with disabilities to enter the workforce, serious gaps remain. According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Florida only ranks 41st on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are over 1,255,268 working-age Floridians with disabilities and only 404,685 have jobs.

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5,855 new jobs for people with disabilities in West Virginia

Washington, D.C., March 19 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 5,855 more people with disabilities in West Virginia gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, West Virginia ranks 50th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 194,669 working-age people with disabilities living in West Virginia and 53,372 of them have jobs. This leaves West Virginia with an 27.4 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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