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Disability Rights Organizations Unite to Turn Out the Vote and Defeat Barriers

For Immediate Release:
6/23/2022

Washington, DC – The 2022 Disability Vote Summit will bring together leading voting rights experts, grassroots activists, and National Disability Rights Network member agencies, to discuss how to motivate people with disabilities to participate in the midterm elections. Hosted by NDRN, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the summit will also explore how to overcome the unique barriers people with disabilities face to access the vote.

This two-day event will take place from 1- 4pm ET, June 29th and 30th. It will be co-emceed by Andrew Pulrang of #CripTheVote, and Lilian Aluri from the REV UP campaign at AAPD. Speakers include Rebecca Cokley, YT Bell, Michelle Bishop, Fred Nisen, and many others.

“Voters with disabilities face unique challenges when they go to the polls to vote, despite being one of the largest minorities with eligible voters in America. Any additional restrictions that are put in place, even if they aren’t targeted at the disability community, often impact people with disabilities the hardest. Political campaigns do not typically court the disability vote. They are rarely aware that this is a huge voting block and that people with disabilities want to know what candidates are including in their platforms that will help them achieve their best life such as equitable healthcare, employment opportunities, and inclusive communities. Candidates must learn how to communicate in plain language and meet with constituents with all kinds of disabilities including intellectual and developmental disabilities We need to motivate our voters, but we also need to teach those running for office and those administering elections how to make the political process inclusive for everyone” Donna Meltzer

Attendees can register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VtjXssfIR_ebJxzSH1MqNQ?fbclid=IwAR2ttMxZi5tTvdM5q0j6_DjogaxMrWm-h_VMwInHZWognNp_6YingWMVwB8

ASL and CART will be provided, as well as Spanish audio translation and automated Spanish captioning. If you have any questions accommodations for this event, please contact jack.rosen@ndrn.org.

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