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Trump Dominates Republican Field as Disability Champion Jeb Bush Exits the Race

Washington, Feb. 22 – With Donald Trumps’ easy victory in South Carolina on Saturday, he left no doubt that he is the Republican front-runner for the party’s nomination. As Trump continues to insult people – recently attacking the Pope and Apple, and previously people with disabilities – his poll numbers stay higher than the other Republican candidates. Trump continues to have a strong lead ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who came in second and third with an effective tie in South Carolina.

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New Hampshire #PwDsVote 2016 Candidate Questionnaire & Voter Guide

Concord, New Hampshire, Feb. 8 – RespectAbility released its New Hampshire update to its first #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for people with disabilities (PwDs). For the New Hampshire release, more than half of the presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle have responded to the questionnaire.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes as voters go to the polls.

“Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. There are 56 million Americans with disabilities, and we have the ability to determine who wins or loses elections,” RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said. “In the early voting states, there are 357,730 people with a disability in Iowa, 166,258 PwDs in New Hampshire, 680,038 PwDs in South Carolina and 357,035 PwDs in Nevada. Our community will play a major role in the outcome of this election, and it is vital for us to know where the candidates stand on our issues.”

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Jeb Bush Updates #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire

Concord, Feb. 7 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream, has asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. As he has sought out and learned more about the various issues, Gov. Jeb Bush has returned an updated #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for people with disabilities (PwDs).

We are presenting the campaign’s answers in full below.

QUESTION 1: Do you have a clear and transparent process for making decisions on disability issues? For example, how do you know/learn about disability issues and make decisions on the many policies that impact the one in five of Americans who have a disability? Have you studied the issues? Do you have a disability or a family member with a disability? Have you done meetings with disability leaders or citizens with disabilities? Do you have a disability advisor and/or advisory committee?

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Gov. Jeb Bush Gets Personal on Addiction, Attacks Trump

Derry, N.H., Feb. 5 – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is no stranger to talking about disability issues on the campaign trail, but on Thursday, he became emotional talking about the topic while sharing a personal story about his daughter’s struggle with addiction.

“I think we need to look at this, first and foremost, as an illness,” Bush said during a town hall in Derry. “We need to expand recovery centers so that people that struggle with addiction have a network of people they can rely on that can share, that understand what it’s like to go through this.”

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#PwDsVote Questionnaire Released: Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Complete Questionnaires

Washington, Jan. 30 – RespectAbility has released its first #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for people with disabilities (PwDs).

“Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. There are 56 million Americans with disabilities, and we have the ability to determine who wins or loses elections,” RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said. “In the early voting states there are 357,730 people with a disability in Iowa, 166,258 PwDs in New Hampshire, 680,038 PwDs in South Carolina and 357,035 PwDs in Nevada. Our community will play a major role in the outcome of this election, and it is vital for us to know where the candidates stand on our issues.”

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Jeb Bush Completes #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire

NOTE: As Gov. Bush has sought out and learned more about the various issues, he updated his answers. Please see here: Jeb Bush Updates #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire

Washington, Jan. 29 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream, has asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. Gov. Jeb Bush has returned a completed #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for people with disabilities (PwDs).

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Candidates Focusing on Disability Issues, Key Voting Bloc

Washington, Jan. 14 – Ahead of tonight’s Republican debate, the disability community is finally being heard and paid attention to by the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle.

In a new ad released today, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush highlights his fight for the rights of people with disabilities. Last week, Secretary Hillary Clinton became the first candidate to announce an Autism plan following a week of talking about related issues including mental health parity and Alzheimer’s research. Three candidates – Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum – have a section on their websites dedicated to disability rights.

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Bush Focuses On Disability Employment, Violence Against People With Disabilities

Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 14 – Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is working on a plan to help the 70 percent of people with disabilities who are not employed obtain jobs.

“We are working on a strategy to eliminate the barriers to work,” the former governor of Florida said Tuesday at Brownells firearm manufacturing plant in Grinnell, Iowa. “I truly believe that everybody should have a chance to rise up. A country that works is one where the barriers for everybody is lifted.”

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Bush Goes on the Offensive, Defends People with Disabilities

Contoocook, NH, Dec. 20 – Former Gov. Jeb Bush stood up for people with disabilities at a town hall meeting in Contoocook, NH, on Saturday against remarks made by Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“I think the great opportunity in this country goes back to the idea that everyone has value, everyone can make a difference.”

News reports highlight how Bush was asked by a man with Asperger’s Syndrome about what he would do to improve education and employment for Americans with disabilities.

The former governor of Florida highlighted his role to transform the state’s Medicaid waiver program into “a model for the rest of the country.”

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Bush Talks Education, Jobs for People with Disabilities

Washington, Dec. 12 – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in order to help people with disabilities achieve the American Dream through access to appropriate education and employment, you must include people with disabilities in the decision process.

“One of the things I insisted on was that people with disabilities had to participate in the accountability system,” Bush said in an exclusive interview with a coalition of disability groups including RespectAbility, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. “If you exclude them, then that result is they don’t get the attention.”

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People with Disabilities Twice as Likely to Live in Poverty

Washington, Nov. 11 – When FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo asked former Gov. Jeb Bush about unemployed Americans seeking a job or who have stopped looking, the Republican presidential hopeful listed off a few ways he’d attempt to drive the economy back to four percent growth.

“The reason why we have structural deficits is that more and more people are relying on government and the growth that we don’t have makes — makes the deficit grow,” he said during the Fox Business Network – Wall Street Journal debate.

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Jeb: Workforce Participation Rates Lower Than in 1977

Boulder, Oct. 29 – With the American economy in focus at last night’s CNBC debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush connected dysfunction in Washington with decreasing workforce participation rates and the continuing need for optimism.

When asked about his challenging race, Bush emphasized his belief that “the great majority of…Americans believe in a hopeful future.” He then focused on the continuing challenges facing millions of people working only part-time and living in poverty.

“They’re concerned that Washington is so dysfunctional it is holding them back,” Bush said. “There are lids on people’s aspirations. Think about it: six and a half million people working part-time. Workforce participation rates lower than they were in 1977.”

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Bush Listens, Learns About Autism Needs

Washington, Oct. 25 – When Gov. Jeb Bush was yelled at for not helping the developmentally disabled by a mom of a child with autism, the then-gubernatorial candidate said, “teach me.”

“She didn’t know me but … she was mad at me,” Bush said at LIBRE Initiative’s policy forum series at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas last Wednesday.

Bush was gearing up for his second run for governor in 1998 when he met Berthy Aponte, a Colombian American who had a 14-year-old daughter with autism and “severe developmental disabilities.”

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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 was 34 years old after a battle with prescription drugs and alcohol.

“Drug addiction is an epidemic,” Fiorina continued. “And it is taking too many of our young people. I know this sadly from personal experience.”

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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. Chris Christie would put a mother in jail for giving her child cannabis oil. Both Bush and Christie denied the allegations.

“In Florida, Gov. Bush campaigned against medical marijuana,” Paul claimed during the CNN Debate Wednesday evening. “That means that a small child like Morgan Hintz (ph) that has seizures is failing on non-traditional medications, is not allowed to use cannabis oil.”

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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 not a difficult process, especially for presidential campaigns whose goal is to reach as many voters as possible. The Clinton campaign now joins the Jeb Bush campaign in ensuring that their videos have captions.

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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, “Our brand is limited government.”

However, Bush went on to say there are reasons to spend government money including helping people with disabilities.

“You can take care of people, people that need to be at the front of the line, the developmentally disabled, people that are really struggling,” Bush said. “That’s a core value of our party. But we shouldn’t spend so much money on everything else.”

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Jeb Bush: Empower People with Disabilities

Washington, July 31 – In celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), former Gov. Jeb Bush stressed the need to empower people with disabilities. Focusing his efforts on students and people entering the workforce, Bush touted his record as governor of Florida to illustrate his plans if he were to win the presidency.

“Florida has a significant number of citizens who live, learn and work with disabilities, and it is my fundamental belief that they should be given opportunities to do so with support, respect and dignity,” Bush wrote in The Journal by IJReview. “During my eight years in office, I worked to create policies and programs so that these citizens were no longer overlooked and they could enjoy greater independence and choice over the services they receive.”

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Jeb Bush Highlights Autism at Road to Majority Conference

Washington, June 19 – By highlighting a young woman with autism who is unable to speak or walk in the video “Making a Difference,” Gov. Jeb Bush brings attention to an important group of Americans.

“Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say,” Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte of Cooper City, Fla., explains in the video shown Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference. “People with disabilities, they want freedom, just like anybody else.”

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Jeb Bush Reaches out on Disability Issues

Washington, April 16 – Former Governor Jeb Bush, who has not yet officially announced his candidacy for the president of the United States, joined Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to celebrate the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act passed by the Mississippi Legislature earlier this year. Bryant had previously made Mississippi an Employment First state for people with disabilities, declaring that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for people with disabilities.

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