As a nonpartisan national nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can participate fully in all aspects of community, RespectAbility has invited all candidates in the presidential race on both sides of the aisle to submit their answers to a 2020 Disability Voter Candidate Questionnaire. This questionnaire covers some of the most important issues impacting people with disabilities including employment, education, immigration, criminal justice and accessibility.
Several high-profile candidates recently submitted their completed questionnaires:
The candidate plans, which include a deep look around issues where race and immigration intersects with disability, reflect that they understand the seriousness of these issues and are ready to act. All responses will be posted in full on The RespectAbility Report as they come in and be used to produce and update nonpartisan voter guides in all 50 states.
State Voter Guides:
Issue-Based Voter Guides
- Reducing Stigmas
- Youth Employment Strategies
- Education for Students with Disabilities
- Enable Success for Immigrants with Disabilities
- Preventing Attacks on People with Disabilities
- Criminal Justice Reform for People with Disabilities
- Preventing Police Violence Against People with Disabilities
- Access to Healthcare and Jobs
- Housing for People with Disabilities
- Disability Benefits and Jobs
- Advancing Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
- Veterans with Disabilities
- Climate Plans for People with Disabilities
- Including People with Disabilities in Campaigns
Research conducted in the 2018 election shows that 74 percent of likely voters either 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’ positions on certain issues.
According to a Rutgers University study, 14.3 million citizens with disabilities voted in 2018. Those voters will be crucial as candidates vie for the presidency, as well as state-wide and local elections.
RespectAbility is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of their communities. RespectAbility does not rate or endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes as voters go to the polls. RespectAbility has reached out to all of the presidential campaigns and will be posting all responses on The RespectAbility Report. View more coverage of 2020 presidential candidates.