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Webb Campaign Invites #PwDs to Attend Debate

Las Vegas, Oct. 16 – At this week’s Democratic primary presidential debate, the Webb campaign invited several people with disabilities to attend as their guests. According to the campaign, they wanted to offer the tickets to people who would normally not have the opportunity to attend such an event.  “I…

Clinton Signs I Love You to Supporters

Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – Following the Democratic primary debate, Hillary Clinton greeted supporters at a watch party held at the Wynn Casino and Hotel. Also present – an ASL interpreter. “So I requested, to provide an interpreter,” Sean Mohan, founder of the Clark County Deaf Democratic Caucus (CCDDC), said. “Of…

Campaign Manager: Sanders Believes PwDs Should Participate in Mainstream Society

Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – Sen. Bernie Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver called his candidate strong for people with disabilities. “Sen. Sanders has a strong record supporting people with disabilities and helping people with disabilities participate to the maximum extent possible in many streams of society,” Weaver said in an…

Would Webb’s Stance on Affirmative Action Hurt People with Disabilities?

Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – This year our nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. This landmark legislation has opened opportunities for all individuals to more openly participate in society, including access to employment. There is one population, however, that continues to remain unemployed and underemployed at…

O’Malley: Focus on Job Training & Placement to Help People with Disabilities

Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – Job training and placements will help more people with disabilities gain successful employment, Gov. Martin O’Malley told The RespectAbility Report following the Democratic primary debate. “When I was governor of Maryland, we saw the appalling level of unemployment among our neighbors and people with disabilities,”…

Chafee: Workforce Immersion for Disability Community

Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – Gov. Lincoln Chafee is proud of his time working to help people with disabilities while serving as governor of Rhode Island. “As governor, I came in at the depths of the recession and we turned my state around,” Chafee said during the opening statements of the…

RespectAbility Hosts Debate Watching Party and Tweet Up

Rockville, Md., Oct. 13 – RespectAbility hosted the first of many debate watch parties at our new offices in Rockville, Md. Members of the disability community and other community leaders joined together to enjoy a night of networking over pizza and watching episodes of West Wing while waiting for the…

Steve Wynn: Business Magnate, Casino Owner and Person with a Disability

Las Vegas, Oct. 13 – Tonight, the nation gathers to watch the Democratic Presidential Debate take place at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. While the focus is on the candidates, there is another deserving of a share of the spotlight. That person is none other than the…

Presidential Candidates: Don’t Forget People with Disabilities

Las Vegas, Oct. 13 – Tonight the Democratic candidates for president will debate each other for the first time this season. While many minority groups are sure to be discussed, America’s largest minority group, people with disabilies (PwDs) is an important group to pay attention to. America has 56 million…

Inaccessible Polling Places Disenfranchise Nation’s Largest Minority

Washington, Sept. 22 – Today, our nation observes National Voter Registration Day. It is a chance to celebrate our democratic society and to remind everyday people the importance of registering to vote. However, for many Americans, voting is not a quick and easy process. Physical and other barriers at polling…

Rehabilitation, Not Jail for Drug Offenders

  Washington, Sept. 18 – During this week’s Republican debate, presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina shared a personal story while talking about criminal justice reform for drug offenders. “I buried a child to drug addiction,” Fiorina said at the debate in Simi Valley, California. Fiorina’s stepdaughter died in 2009 when she…

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate Legality of Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy

Washington, Sept. 18 – In a conversation over state versus federal rates legislating the legality of marijuana, several Republican presidential candidates brought up the issue of cannabis oil for children living with epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. Sen. Rand Paul claimed both former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov.…

Trump: Too Many Vaccines At Once Cause Autism

  Washington, Sept. 17 – While there have been countless debates over the cause of autism and whether vaccines could be to blame, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump repeated claims that vaccines administered according to the recommended schedule cause autism. “Autism has become an epidemic,” Trump said during the CNN Republican Debate Wednesday…

Disability Groups to Host Presidential Town Hall Meetings

Washington, Sept. 17 – The RespectAbility Report and RespectAbility USA, along with a growing list of nonprofit disability partner organizations (listed below), will host Online Presidential Candidate Town Halls on People with Disabilities, Jobs, and the American Dream.  These town halls will be national, nonpartisan events that will connect the disability community…

Sponsorship Opportunities: Online Presidential Candidate Town Halls

Washington, Sept. 17 – The RespectAbility Report and RespectAbility USA, along with a growing list of nonprofit disability partner organizations (listed below), will host Online Presidential Candidate Town Halls on People with Disabilities, Jobs, and the American Dream.  These town halls will be national, nonpartisan events that will connect the disability community with…

Clinton Campaign Website Adds Page Dedicated to Disability Rights

Washington, Sept. 13 – Hillary Clinton is the first Democratic candidate to include a page on her website dedicated to people with disabilities. Highlighting disability rights as one of the campaign’s issues, the site says, “We must continue to expand opportunities for all Americans.” Making websites accessible for all people is…

Grassroots Disability Activists Create Facebook Pages for Clinton and Sanders

Washington, Sept. 10 – Social media is not a new tool for grassroots activists to galvanize supporters for their desired candidate. Three Facebook pages – two for Hillary Clinton and one for Bernie Sanders – highlight the presidential hopefuls’ stances on a variety of disability issues. There are two competing…

Bush: Taking Care of Developmentally Disabled is Core Value

Washington, Sept. 9 – In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, former Gov. Jeb Bush talked about bringing people together and building up the economy. When asked how he differs politically from his brother, the presidential hopeful criticized George W. Bush’s failure to reign in government spending, saying,…

Trump: Gun Violence Not Gun Problem; It’s a Mental Problem

Washington, August 28 – The shooting of two journalists on live television renewed conversations on two hot button topics – gun control and mental illness. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has come on the record against tightening gun laws, saying he is “a very strong Second Amendment person,” and instead doubled down on…

Calling All Citizen Journalists

Washington, August 25 – As The RespectAbility Report continues to track all of the presidential candidates’ statements on disability issues, we are asking for our readers’ help. Since our staff is small, we need you to ask the candidates to talk about these important issues. It’s simple. People with disabilities…