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Fourteen of the Nation’s Largest Disability Organizations Join Together to Encourage Disability Community to Vote on November 3rd

New York, NY, Oct. 26 – Fourteen of the nation’s largest disability organizations have joined together to urge all Americans who care about issues related to disability to vote on November 3rd. These organizations today released the following collective statement:

“COVID-19 is a unique burden for people with disabilities. Lives have been lost. Isolation exacerbated. Unemployment skyrocketing. The policy issues on the ballot this November impacts every aspect of life for the disability community. We must vote in record numbers to have our voices heard and needs met in the ongoing public health emergency.

“People with disabilities form an increasingly large, powerful, and potentially decisive percentage of the electorate in key battleground states and across the country.  A projected 38 million eligible voters have a disability and millions more live with someone who has a disability. Taken together, more than 25% of the American electorate may be motivated by issues affecting the disability community. 

“These issues include funding for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to support health care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. HCBS helps individuals with disabilities receive services at home as appropriate. HCBS is also important to help individuals with disabilities work, by hiring direct support staff, including job coaches, so that those who can work at this time have the supports they need to do so safely and effectively. And when individuals with disabilities work, we hope to see that they are paid fair wages with a phasing-out of section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows individuals with disabilities to be paid subminimum wages. These, among other issues, are essential to the future success of individuals with disabilities. 

“Fourteen of the nation’s largest disability organizations are unified in message and purpose. We encourage all of our members to vote!”

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Official signers:

American Association of People with Disabilities

Association of People Supported Employment

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autism Society of America

The Bazelon Center

Center for Public Representation

Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination

National Council on Independent Living

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Society

National Federation of the Blind

National Organization on Disability


Should you have questions about voting, please view the resources from the American Association of People with DisabilitiesAssociation of University Centers on DisabilitiesAutistic Self Advocacy Network, the Bazelon CenterNational Down Syndrome CongressNational Down Syndrome Society, and RespectAbility.  

Published in2020 Campaign

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  1. […] Thus, 14 of the nation’s largest disability organizations, including RespectAbility, have joined together to urge all Americans who care about issues related to disability to vote on November 3rd. RespectAbility also has released 50 state nonpartisan voters guides, as well as issue-based guides – from education to immigration – containing key information on where candidates stand on issues impacting Americans with disabilities.  […]

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