The greater disabilities community can take great pride in the historic advances that have made for the integration of people with intellectual and physical challenges of all ages since the passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. No matter what the issue— education, housing, transportation, personal assistance services, employment, recreation, adaptive technology, durable medical equipment, or health care, we can see the advances that have improved our lives and moved us closer to true equality.
This has come about by working together and implementing a strategy that has included legislative, legal, direct action, and educational tactics. These tactics are part of Sunrise’s advocacy goals. Advocacy is a vital part of the organization’s commitment to our mission to bring about the community integration promised in the ADA.
We cannot rest on our past victories. We must build on the past and move forward using the power we have acquired. This power can be exerted if weMake the DISABILITY VOTE Count! Policymakers are influenced by large numbers of people turning out to vote in the primaries and the general elections. This is why Sunrise is strongly supporting The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and their REV UP Campaign.
We believe that AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The focus of their REV UP Campaign is to get more people with disabilities and our supporters registered and voting!
Without question, the November 8th election will be one of the most important elections in over a decade.
The disability community—people with disabilities, family members, attendants, providers, professionals, advocates and supporters—has a major stake in the outcome of this election.
The Disability Vote can make a difference on issues such as:
- Adequate funding and coverage for Medicaid acute and long term services and supports.
- Waiting lists for home and community services.
- Consolidation and closure of public institutions.
- Integrated employment at no less than minimum wage.
- Accessible, affordable, integrated housing.
- Adequate funding for quality public and higher education.
- Quality Medicaid managed care with strict accountability measures.
- Recruitment and retention strategies for improved wages and benefits for community attendants.
- Implementation and enforcement of the “most integrated setting” requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
More than any time in memory:
- Elected leaders and political candidates are recognizing the 57 MILLION Americans with disabilities—from birth to advanced age—as a powerful, important constituency
- Issues important to people with disabilities must be part of the platform for any candidate running for public office.
Join thousands of Americans with disabilities in this important and historic effort!