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Rubio’s Family Forms Foundation for His Support of Disability Issues

Bow, N.H., Feb. 3 – Rubio credits his father and grandfather with shaping his views about people with disabilities.

“The two most influential men growing up in my life were my father and my grandfather. They both happened to be disabled,” presidential candidate Marco Rubio said in Bow, New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Rubio said his grandfather raised seven kids in Cuba without the use of his leg following developing polio as a young child, after which a bus accident further hurt the leg.

“You can imagine how difficult it was in a developing country for a disabled man to find work,” said Rubio.

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Rubio Promotes a Plan For People With Preexisting Conditions To Purchase Healthcare

Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 10 – Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio called for high-risk pools at the state level for people with preexisting conditions.

“For someone with a disability or a preexisting condition or a chronic illness that makes it difficult to ensure, that’s where I think government can help with a high-risk pool at the state level that says there are a certain number of people in this country that because they have chronic condition or serious preexisting condition, they cannot get coverage in the private market,” the senator from Florida said in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Wednesday. “That is what government should be focused on helping, not disrupting the entire network but those specific people.”

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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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Rubio Pledges to Address Disability Stigma Head-On

Littleton, NH, Dec. 29 – Sen. Marco Rubio said he would use “the platform of the presidency” to talk about disabilities in order to reduce stigma around mental illness and other disabilities.

“There’s a real stigma about mental illness in America,” the presidential hopeful said in Littleton, N.H., last week. “There still remains some level of shame; there still remains some denial about it in many families.”

“You know, I don’t know any family that hasn’t been impacted by it, and I think we need to remove that. We need to explain to people that mental illness is a disease, not unlike any other disease. That in some cases can be cured and managed and in other cases it’s something we’ll have to live with chronically for the rest of your lives, and we should do things to help people deal with that.”

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Rubio Promotes Early Intervention, Education for Children with Disabilities

Rochester, NH, Dec. 23 – Sen. Marco Rubio stressed the importance of early intervention and education when asked on Monday how he would help people with disabilities achieve employment success and the American Dream by RespectAbility Fellow James Trout, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

“You get those first few years – if a child does not receive the therapy and care that they need, their chances of being functional dramatically reduce,” Rubio said during a town hall at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester, N.H., on Monday. “It is that quick intervention that is very critical.”

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Rubio: End Stigma Surrounding Vocational Education

Washington, Nov. 11 – While disability issues were not discussed during last night’s debate, Republican hopeful Marco Rubio brought up a very important topic – the stigma attached to vocational training as an alternative to traditional college.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education,” the Senator from Florida said. “Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.”

Many journalists from The Washington Post to Slate focused on the second half of the statement, showing that Rubio is wrong and “philosophy majors make way more than welders.”

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