Monday, September 26, 2011

Does your Election Candidates Support People with Disabilities?

"Does your Election Candidates Support People with Disabilities?"
Does your Elected Officials and Election Candidates  support policies that foster Self-Determination,Integration, Inclusion, Productivity and Independence of People with Disabilities?
Know who you are voting during federal/state/local Elections.

First, Register to Vote or update your Voter Registration information.
Second, decide on issues that are important to you.
Third, Select Election Candidates that support your views.
Fourth, Go Vote!

Know who you are voting during federal/state/local Elections.
Attend TownHalls for Election Candidates.
Attend Election Forums by civic organizations.
Inquire about your Election Candidates' position on disability laws.
Review Election Candidates support of People with Disabilities by calling them, emailing them, viewing their websites and social network sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc...).

Does your Elected Officials and Election Candidates support policies that foster Self-Determination, Integration, Inclusion, Productivity and Independence of People with Disabilities?

Before you touch the voting screen, pull the lever, mark your card, Press VOTE---
know whom you are casting your vote for.

Advocacy agencies and Disability organizations provide a prolific stream of information about Policymakers' positions on Disability issues. 
Many are providing Voter resources such as How to Register, Accessibility, and Where to Vote.
Many are conducting relevant surveys of Election Candidates as it relates to their views of employment, health, education, housing and other issues that interest People with disabilities.

Here are a few:

Need Help Voting?

Are you registered? Need to find out where to vote? Visit our site with voting info for DC and all 50 states! - VOTING

Help America Vote Act of 2002
Public Law 107-252 to help states update voting machines and practices, including provisions to ensure accessibility for voters with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Checklist for Voting Places

NP Action - Disabled Voting Rights: Ensuring Access for All Disabled Americans have a constitutionally protected fundamental right to vote, just like the rest of us. Beyond this constitutional protection, federal and state ...

Get Out The Vote - NonprofitVOTE
Principles | Activities | Get Out The Vote Resources. Principles. The chief goal of activities is to encourage your community to vote is to help new or infrequent ... Nonprofit VOTE Blog: Do Nonprofit Staff Vote?
Advocacy Center - Voter Registration Information

Voting Rights Act (Enactment and Amendments) 
To file a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Justice toll-free at (800) 253-3931 or send a letter.
DOJ says "We encourage anyone with a complaint about voting discrimination to let us know what the problem is, where it is, and how it affects minority voters. There are no special forms to use or procedures to follow."

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

References & Resources

See whom would for if the were tomorrow

America needs more nonpartisan, collaborative, Constituent-minded Policymakers/Legislators. Remember to Register to Vote or update your Voter Registration info.
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By "Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience" · Friday, August 6, 2010

In 2010, KBJ Cosse' (@babymiracle2005)
advocated for Twellow to include 5 new Disability Awareness groups in their 'yellowpages for Twitter'.  Twellow immediately approved all 5 of our requests!
1) Developmental Disabilities
2) Learning Disabilities
3) Developmental Delays
4) Sensory Integration Disorder
5) Sensory Processing Disorder

Other 'EnjoyHi5Autism' sites:(sharing about disabilities)
 Enjoying The Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience

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