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Fiorina’s National Co-Chair on Carly’s “Message of Inclusion”

Cleveland, August 7 – Charlie Gerow, Carly Fiorina’s National Co-Chair, shares his thoughts on the candidate’s “message of inclusion” for people with disabilities: Q: What is Carly Fiorina’s plan to help people with disabilities enter the workforce? Carly Fiorina’s entire campaign has been built around the theme of unlocking human…

Executive Orders Can Create Jobs for People with Disabilities

Washington, August 7 – Yesterday during the Fox News “Happy Hour” Debate, several presidential candidates promised to revoke all executive orders signed by President Obama. Multiple candidates including former Virginia Gov. Gilmore, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Sen.…

GOP Debate: Give Americans a Hand Up, Not a Handout

Cleveland, August 7 – During Thursday’s earlier Fox News Debate, Martha MacCallum asked the Republican presidential hopefuls about a top issue among not just people with disabilities but many voters – economy and jobs – for people who are receiving government assistance because of economic or disability needs. “Eighty-two million Americans over…

Carson: Privately Fund Employment Programs for People with Disabilities

Cleveland, August 7 – Privately funded organizations, not the government, are the way to help people with disabilities obtain jobs, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson told The RespectAbility Report following the Fox News debate Thursday evening. “Most of our social problems can be taken care of by business, industry, academia, Wall Street, churches…

Graham: People with Disabilities, Keep Benefits While Starting Work

Cleveland, August 6 – Sen. Lindsey Graham has a plan for getting people with disabilities back to work and let them keep their government disability benefits too. “If I were president, you could receive government benefits and work too. I don’t want to punish people who want to work,” Graham…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Democratic Party “Champion” of Diversity

Cleveland, August 6 – At a Democratic National Committee (DNC) press conference on the sidelines of the first Republican primary debate, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the Democratic party is a “champion” of diversity. The Florida congresswoman claimed that Democrats “ensured that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became…

Nikki Haley: Jobs for people with disabilities should be campaign issue

Cleveland, August 5 – Gov. Nikki Haley is calling for more presidential candidates to discuss the importance of employing people with disabilities. “Opportunity should be an issue in every campaign cycle,” the governor of South Carolina said in an exclusive interview with The RespectAbility Report in Cleveland. “Our goal is…

Kasich, Christie and Pataki Speak About Disability at New Hampshire Forum

Washington, August 5 – Leading up to the first Republican primary debate that will take place in Cleveland, Ohio tomorrow, several candidates are highlighting the importance of talking about disability issues on the campaign trail. In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney never talked about disability issues and it was…

Santorum Takes on AbilityOne: “A nation is judged by how it treats the most vulnerable in society”

Washington, August 3 – Former Sen. Rick Santorum is lashing out against AbilityOne, an organization supposed to be helping people with disabilities find jobs, for allegedly not using its taxpayer-designated money to do so. “As the father of a special needs little girl, I am sickened by these revelations,” the…

Kasich: Expanding Medicaid to Help Disabled is “Moral”

Washington, August 2 – Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich defended his support of a Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare, arguing that expanding Medicaid helps people with disabilities, leaving beneficiaries better off, which is “the moral thing to do.” “It is important that we do not ignore the…

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Every Opportunity for Those with Disabilities to Live American Dream

Washington, July 29 – “We want every opportunity for those with disabilities to have the opportunity to live the American Dream,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said during a rally hosted by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “We celebrate those who went before us and opened up…

Clinton Campaign Marks ADA Anniversary; Hands Over Twitter Account to Inspiring Mom Sara

Washington, July 27 – As people around the country celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Clinton campaign handed over its Twitter account to a disability advocate and mom named Sara. Sara, a nurse from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, used the opportunity to share the story of…