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Elected Official Questionnaire

Dear Congressman/Senator –

We are writing to request an interview with you for The RespectAbility Report. This publication covers the intersection of politics, policy and disability. It is a publication of RespectAbility – a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities. We educate around key issues that impact people with disabilities. There are 56 million Americans with disabilities and many of them rely on us for background on public policy and elected officials.

Below are the questions for the interview. We hope you will take the time to answer all of them. However, we will publish interviews so long as at least seven questions are answered. We ask you to limit the answers to all questions to no more than 200 words. However, you can link to a larger piece on your own website in your answers.  There is also a place on the form where you can link to a photo.

Thank you for your time, service and ideas!

Respectfully,

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility

Fill out the form below to submit your responses.

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