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Presidential Candidates & Including People with Disabilities in their Campaigns

Washington, D.C., Jan 30 – 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. Question 15 in the Questionnaire was: “Are your office, website and events accessible to people with disabilities? Have you identified a process for including people with disabilities in your staff and policy advisors? If yes, please describe.

Below, read the answers from the five candidates who responded:

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg

“My campaign has committed to ensuring our offices, website, and events are accessible to people with disabilities. We have worked with an accessibility consultant who provided us with resources and best practices for ensuring that our recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and workplace is as inclusive and accessible as possible.”

Read the full response (Question 15)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

“Senator Klobuchar has always been committed to including people with disabilities on her team. In fact, her very first employees in the Senate — and and longest serving staffer — is Deaf.”

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close-up of Bernie Sanders smiling while wearing a suit and a tie

Sen. Bernie Sanders

“Yes, as a campaign that not only understands the inherent value that inclusivity and diversity affords to those fortunate enough to have it, Bernie 2020 continues to strive to ensure that all people are considered as we make critical hires, plan for critical events, work to create the world we want to see, etc.”

Read the full response (Question 15)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

“I believe that universal inclusion begins within our campaign and pledge that my campaign – and my administration – will be fully inclusive of people with disabilities.”

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close up of Andrew Yang smiling wearing a white collared shirt and gray suit jacket

Mr. Andrew Yang

“Andrew made accessibility on his website a priority early in his campaign. The campaign website has an Accessibility Menu, which provides various features for people with disabilities.”

Read the full response (Question 15)

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. 

Published in2020 CampaignAmy KlobucharAndrew YangBernie SandersDemocratsElizabeth WarrenPete Buttigieg

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