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Roxanne Beckford Hoge Completes Los Angeles-Area Disabilities Questionnaire

Los Angeles, California, Oct. 15 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Roxanne Beckford Hoge, who is running for Assembly District 46, outlined her views on education, employment and stigma for the 987,522 people with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. That includes people who are blind or deaf or have other visible conditions such as spinal cord injuries, as well as people with invisible disabilities including learning disabilities, mental health or Autism.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters 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’ thoughts on certain issues.

“Candidates for office ignore the disability community at their peril,” said former U.S. Representative and Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett. Bartlett, who was a primary author of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, is the chairman of RespectAbility.

RespectAbility reached out to Hoge’s opponent, incumbent Adrin Nazarian, as well, but received no response, according to the organization’s President, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

The full text of RespectAbility’s questions and Hoge’s replies follows:

Christy Smith Completes Los Angeles-Area Disabilities Questionnaire

Los Angeles, California, Oct. 15 – Responding today to a questionnaire by the disability advocacy group RespectAbility, Christy Smith, who is running for Assembly District 38, outlined her views on education, employment and stigma for the 987,522 people with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. That includes people who are blind or deaf or have other visible conditions such as spinal cord injuries, as well as people with invisible disabilities including learning disabilities, mental health or Autism.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters 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’ thoughts on certain issues.

“Candidates for office ignore the disability community at their peril,” said former U.S. Representative and Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett. Bartlett, who was a primary author of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, is the chairman of RespectAbility.

RespectAbility reached out to Smith’s opponent, incumbent Dante Acosta, as well, but received no response, according to the organization’s President, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

The full text of RespectAbility’s questions and Smith’s replies follows:

2018 #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Los Angeles Area Candidates

Questions Focus on Issues Relating to Education, Employment and Stigma

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities. Currently, there are 987,522 people with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. That includes people who are blind or deaf or have other visible conditions such as spinal cord injuries, as well as people with invisible disabilities including learning disabilities, mental health or Autism.

RespectAbility, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities, is asking candidates to answer five key questions that impact the close to one-million people with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. All responses in full will be reported in The RespectAbility Report, a nonpartisan political commentary on U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues and used in our LA County Disability Voter Guide. The RespectAbility Report is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is for educational purposes.

Below are the questions for all Los Angeles area candidates. Please limit each answer to no more than 250 words. 

Maddox Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. Walter ‘Walt’ Maddox, a Democrat, currently serves as Tuscaloosa’s Mayor. This is his fourth term in…

Heitkamp Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. Heidi Heitkamp is a current U.S. Senator for North Dakota. A Democrat, she has served since…

Arlett Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. Robert Arlett is the Republican nominee for the Delaware Senate race in the 2018 midterms. He…

Rosen Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. Jacky Rosen is the current U.S. Representative for Nevada’s third district. She has served as representative…

Tupola Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. Andria Tupola is the current representative for district 43 in the Hawaii State House of Representatives,…

Kelly Completes Disabilities Questionnaire

Laura Kelly standing and smiling with arms crossed wearing a green shirt in front of a blurred out green tree background
Laura Kelly

Washington, D.C., Oct. 7 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues.

Laura Kelly, a Democratic candidate and current Senate Minority Whip for the Kansas Senate, is the first gubernatorial candidate in Kansas to complete the full 2018 #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

This is important for Kansas’ 371,000 citizens with disabilities. Only 45 percent of the 180,800 working-age people with disabilities in Kansas are employed. Further, there are more than 38,000 youth with disabilities and each year a quarter of them will age out of school into an uncertain future.

King Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 6 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked candidates for U.S. Senate on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

This is important for Maine’s 206,00 citizens with disabilities. Only 32.6 percent of the 106,00 working-age people with disabilities in Maine are employed. Further, there are more than 22,000 youth with disabilities and each year a quarter of them will age out of school into an uncertain future.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters 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’ thoughts on certain issues.

“Candidates for office ignore the disability community at their peril,” said former U.S. Representative and Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett. Bartlett, who was a primary author of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, is the chairman of RespectAbility.

While incumbent Sen. Angus King, an Independent running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in Maine, did not answer RespectAbility’s questionnaire, he shared responses to a different questionnaire he completed on disability inclusion. We are presenting those answers below.

RespectAbility also sent our questionnaire to the campaigns of Republican State Senator Eric Brakery and Democrat Zak Ringelstein.

Senator Angus S. King Jr’s responses to another disability questionnaire are below.

Pritzker Responds to Disabilities Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., Oct. 5 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues. JB Pritzker, a Democratic candidate for governor, responded to the #PwDsVote Questionnaire. RespectAbility is nonpartisan and…

Sisolak First to Complete Disabilities Questionnaire

Steve Sisolak headshot
Steve Sisolak

Washington, D.C., Oct. 4 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, has asked gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the aisle to fill out a questionnaire on disability issues.

Steve Sisolak, a Democratic candidate and current Clark County Commission Chair seeking the governorship in Nevada, is the first to respond in full to the 2018 #PwDsVote Disability Campaign Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates for people with disabilities.

RespectAbility is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

This is important for Nevada’s 382,600 citizens with disabilities. Only 42.6percent of the 193,100 working-age people with disabilities in Nevada are employed. Further, there are more than 32,200 youth with disabilities and each year a quarter of them will age out of school into an uncertain future.

2018 #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates

Questions Focus on Issues Relating to Employment and Stigma

In 2016, RespectAbility, a Washington-based nonpartisan nonprofit that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of community, sent the #PwDsVote Presidential Campaign Questionnaire to all of the presidential candidates and #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates for down-ballot candidates. For 2018, RespectAbility has once again been reaching out to down-ballot candidates and is posting all responses in full on The RespectAbility Report, a nonpartisan political commentary on U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. The RespectAbility Report is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of likely voters  have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities.

“Candidates for office ignore the disability community at their peril,” said former U.S. Representative and Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett. Bartlett, who was a primary author of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, is the chairman of RespectAbility.

Below are the questions RespectAbility submitted to the campaigns. RespectAbility also provided each candidate with a 10-page resource guide to help with answering these questions. Download the PDF.