Wisconsin Disability Voter Guide Released: State a Champion of Highly Successful Project SEARCH Model

Text: #PwDsVote Presidential Questionnaire: Wisconsin Voter Guide, images of presidential candidatesWashington, March 31 – As voters head to the polls in Wisconsin next week, RespectAbility is releasing its Wisconsin Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability.  Only 34 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities have jobs, despite the fact that the vast majority want to work. More than 11 million working age people with disabilities are now living on government benefits in our country.

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North Dakota Disability Voter Guide Released: State has Second Highest Rate of Employment for People with Disabilities

Text: #PwDsVote Presidential Questionnaire: North Dakota Voter Guide, images of presidential candidatesWashington, March 31 – As voters head to the polls in North Dakota tomorrow, RespectAbility is releasing its North Dakota Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability.  Only 34 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities have jobs, despite the fact that the vast majority want to work. More than 11 million working age people with disabilities are now living on government benefits in our country.

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March 22 Disability Voter Guide Released: Candidates Showcase Huge Differences in #PwDsVote 2016 Questionaire

Text: #PwDsVote March 22 Voter Guide, images of presidential candidatesWashington, March 22 – As voters head to the polls in three states today, RespectAbility is sharing its March 22 Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability.  Only 34 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities have jobs, despite the fact that the vast majority want to work. More than 11 million working age people with disabilities are now living on government benefits in our country.

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Rabbis Protest Trumps’ AIPAC Speech Over Disrespect for Minorities Including People with Disabilities

Screenshot asserting that Trump is publicly poking fun at an award-winning reporter who has significant physical disabilities.

Screenshot asserting that Trump is publicly poking fun at an award-winning reporter who has significant physical disabilities.

Washington, D.C., March 21 – Some Rabbis and other Jewish Americans are protesting Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s lack of inclusion for minorities including people with disabilities ahead of his scheduled speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference this evening.

While many of AIPAC’s delegates who oppose Trump speaking tonight are upset with the businessman’s violent rhetoric on groups like Muslims and Mexicans, the Republican front-runner also has verbally attacked individuals with disabilities, expanding stigmas that have been undermining people with disabilities for ages.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, has expressed his concern about Trump’s level of intolerance for several groups including individuals with disabilities.

“We will hold him accountable to all of the groups that he is not just disrespecting but denigrating in his speeches and his policy commitments,” Jacobs said Monday morning. “It is unacceptable in America and it is unacceptable according to our Jewish tradition.”

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Ohio Disability Voter Guide Released: Candidates Showcase Huge Differences in #PwDsVote 2016 Questionaire

PwDsVote Facebook Ad OhioWashington, March 14 – As voters prepare to head to the polls in Ohio tomorrow, RespectAbility is sharing its Ohio Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

This Super Tuesday may be the most important one yet as Ohio and Florida become make it or break it states for Kasich and Rubio who call these states home. In Ohio specifically, Trump and Kasich, who is the governor of Ohio, are running neck and neck, each tied for 33 percent in a recent CBS News poll and tied for 38 percent each in a Quinnipiac University poll. Kasich is doing well among voters who feel the economy is in good shape, per the CBS poll. While neither poll asked any questions about disability specific issues, employment is a top issue for people with disabilities and their families. Kasich, who is the only Republican left who has answered the #PwDsVote Campaign Questionnaire, often touts his record in Ohio in growing the economy for all people. On the campaign trail, he has talked about his state budget’s biggest percentage increase being for people with developmental disabilities. While Cruz, Rubio and Trump have yet to complete the questionnaire, they have answered questions about a variety of disability topics and their responses can be found at TheRespectAbilityReport.org.

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March 15 Disability Voter Guide Released: Candidates Showcase Huge Differences in #PwDsVote 2016 Questionaire

PwDsVote Facebook Ad March 15Washington, March 14 – As voters prepare to head to the polls tomorrow, RespectAbility is sharing its March 15 Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. They each have significantly different views on the issues. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability.  Only 34 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities have jobs, despite the fact that the vast majority want to work. More than 11 million working age people with disabilities are now living on government benefits in our country.

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March 8 Disability Voter Guide Released: Candidates Showcase Huge Differences in #PwDsVote 2016 Questionaire

Text: #PwDsVote March 8 Voter Guide, images of presidential candidatesWashington, March 8 – As voters head to the polls, RespectAbility is sharing its March 8 Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and have significantly different views on the issues. Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. Only 34 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities have jobs, despite the fact that the vast majority want to work. More than 11 million working age people with disabilities are now living on government benefits in our country.

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Super Tuesday Disability Voter Guide Released: Candidates Showcase Huge Differences in #PwDsVote 2016 Questionaire

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Washington, Feb. 26 – RespectAbility is releasing its Super Tuesday Disability Vote Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues. The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions, and have significantly different views on the issues. Dr. Ben Carson and Gov. John Kasich filled out parts of the questionnaire, and also have significantly different views. Despite numerous requests in person and by phone and email, the campaigns of Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have not yet filled out the questionnaire.

Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. Only 34 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities have jobs, despite the fact that the vast majority want to work. More than 11 million working age people with disabilities are now living on government benefits in our country.

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South Carolina & Nevada #PwDsVote 2016 Candidate Questionnaire and Voter Guide Released

#PwDsVote South Carolina and Nevada Voter GuideWashington, Feb. 18 – RespectAbility is releasing its South Carolina and Nevada update to its #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for people with disabilities (PwDs). For the South Carolina and Nevada release, more than half of the presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle have responded to the questionnaire.

“Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. Americans with disabilities have the ability to determine who wins or loses elections,” RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said. “In the early voting states, there are 680,038 people with disabilities in South Carolina and 357,035 people with disabilities in Nevada. Our community will play a major role in the outcome of this election, and it is vital for us to know where the candidates stand on our issues.”

The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions. Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie (who has since suspended his candidacy) and Gov. John Kasich also filled out parts of the questionnaire.

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South Carolina #PwDsVote 2016 Candidate Questionnaire and Voter Guide Released

#PwDsVote South Carolina Voter GuideWashington, Feb. 17 – RespectAbility is releasing its South Carolina update to its #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for people with disabilities (PwDs). For the South Carolina release, more than half of the presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle have responded to the questionnaire.

“Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. There are 56 million Americans with disabilities, and we have the ability to determine who wins or loses elections,” RespectAbility President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said. “In the early voting states there are 357,730 people with a disability in Iowa, 166,258 PwDs in New Hampshire, 680,038 PwDs in South Carolina and 357,035 PwDs in Nevada. Our community will play a major role in the outcome of this election, and it is vital for us to know where the candidates stand on our issues.”

The questionnaire asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to comment on 16 disability questions. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by addressing all of the questions. Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie (who has since suspended his candidacy) and Gov. John Kasich also filled out parts of the questionnaire.

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