September 18, 2022

Take Action to Help People with Disabilities Register & Vote

Take Action to Help People with Disabilities Register & Vote

The CDC reports that 1 in 4 adult Americans (26% or 61 million) live with a disability. 

Of all adults in the U.S. with disabilities:

  • 1 in 7 have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • 1 in 9 with concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • 1 in 15  live alone, without help
  • 1 in 17 are hearing impaired 
  • 1 in 22 are visually impaired  and
  • 1 in 27 have serious difficulty with tasks like getting dressed or collecting mail 

According to American Community Survey data, 14 percent of Black Americans have a disability, compared with 12.6 percent of the overall population. 36 percent of disabled Black Americans live in poverty, compared with 26 percent of all disabled Americans. Disabled Black people often have to battle harder to get correct diagnoses and services. This is especially true for “invisible disabilities” such as autism, which educators are more likely to dismiss as behavioral issues in Black children than in white ones.

Black people with disabilities are especially likely to have issues with police officers, who can misinterpret their behavior—such as a deaf person who keeps walking when told to stop—as a threat. When law enforcement assumes a Black person’s failure to comply is because of aggression rather than a disability, the consequences can be deadly.

Please help Democrats Abroad & the Global Disability Caucus help U.S. citizens abroad and in your voting state exercise their right to vote. 

Is your #PollingPlace fully #ADA #Compliant

👉 GAO reports only 17% of polling places were in 2016. American elections *are not* accessible 👈

👉  Contact your Local Election Official and remind them to break down the barriers preventing #DisabledVoting

#Invisible disabilities significantly impair normal daily life for millions of #Americans.

Getting to the #Polls on #ElectionDay may not be possible.

👉 Support #Absentee #Voting so #AllOfUs have a seat at the table! Voters with #Disabilities have the right to vote with assistance. 

👉 Bring someone along, such as a friend, family member, caregiver, or assisted living provider, to the #Polls. Learn more at the website, or via AAPD’s Rev Up campaign.

👉  Are you abled? Become a Disabled Voter Champion and offer to help those in your neighborhood and community today.

#Voting is riddled with barriers.

Signature match requirements are a barrier to those who cannot sign/consistently sign their name.

Know where to find a notary? Some states require ballot envelopes to be notarized or signed by a #Witness. If you live alone, this is a significant hurdle, especially when voting #Absentee is a necessity.


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Voting from abroad info:

#BarriersWeFace #EqualOpportunity #CripTheVote #DVRW #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy #DisabilityVote #Access #WhenWeAllVote #IWillVote #VoteFromAbroad #DisabledVeteran #Accessibility #DisabledLife #DisabledBodiesMatter #SeatAtTheTable #Inclusion #DisabledAndProud #MidtermsMatter #BlackVotesMatter #BlackDisabledBodiesMatter