Global Disability Caucus



  • Welcome to the Global Disability Caucus (GDC)!

    Over 1 billion people across the globe live with a disability.  

    We speak for them.

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership; to help organize the group’s agenda; to work with allies within other Democratic parties and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; and to educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.  Our members are not only persons with disabilities but also their allies.  We all believe that

    THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE!

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    OUR MISSION

    • Provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across Democrats Abroad global membership.
    • Ensure that the organization is fully ADA compliant.
    • Advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights.
    • Educate, empower and activate Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting persons with disabilities.
    • Facilitate GOTV efforts for Americans with disabilities living overseas.

    Join Us!  Sign up to get news and information or volunteer to join our team!  Click JOIN THE CAUCUS button!

    An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

    CDC describes 7 major categories of primary barriers to participation for people with disabilities - they are described in this article and listed below.

    https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability-barriers.html

    1. Attitudinal
    2. Communications
    3. Physical
    4. Policy
    5. Programmatic
    6. Social
    7. Transportation

     

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    Learn more about the Global Disability Caucus and read our caucus founding document, the Terms of ReferenceYou can write to us at [email protected].

    DA Global Disability Caucus Leadership:

    Marnie Delaney
    | Violence Against Women Task Force, Global Comms, Research, DAF-Marseille Secretary
    Anthony Nitz
    | Vice Chair, DA Vietnam; Chair, Global VMF Caucus
    kenneth sherman
    | DNC Member Americas Region / DPCA Voting Rep
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    News

    USDOJ Sues Uber for Overcharging People with Disabilities

    The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) / Office of Public Affairs (OPA) / JUSTICE NEWS

    The Justice Department today filed an ADA lawsuit against Uber for charging “wait time” fees to passengers who, because of disability, take longer than two minutes to get in their Uber car.  Individuals who believe they have been victims of disability discrimination by Uber because they, or someone they were traveling with, were charged wait time fees should contact the Justice Department at 833-591-0425 (toll-free), 202-305-6786, or send an email to [email protected].  For more information about the ADA, call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TDD 800-514-0383) or access the ADA website at ada.gov.

    ~The United States Department of Justice

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    Welcome to the Global Disability Caucus!

    Welcome to the Global Disability Caucus (GDC)!

    Over 1 billion people across the globe live with a disability.  

    We speak for them.

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership; to help organize the group’s agenda; to work with allies within other Democratic parties and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; and to educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.  Our members are not only persons with disabilities but also their allies.  We all believe that

    THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE!

    --

    OUR MISSION

    • Provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across Democrats Abroad global membership.
    • Ensure that the organization is fully ADA compliant.
    • Advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights.
    • Educate, empower and activate Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting persons with disabilities.
    • Facilitate GOTV efforts for Americans with disabilities living overseas.

    Join Us!  Sign up to get news and information or volunteer to join our team!  Click JOIN THE CAUCUS button!

    An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

    CDC describes 7 major categories of primary barriers to participation for people with disabilities - they are described in this article and listed below.

    https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability-barriers.html

    1. Attitudinal
    2. Communications
    3. Physical
    4. Policy
    5. Programmatic
    6. Social
    7. Transportation

     

    Follow us on social media

      

    Learn more about the Global Disability Caucus and read our caucus founding document, the Terms of ReferenceYou can write to us at [email protected].

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, December 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 26 rsvps
    Zoom

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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    Join the Democrats Abroad  Global Disability Caucus (GDC) for a panel discussion where we’ll celebrate and talk about the history of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, provide some context, raise issues and hear from a panel representing the diverse voices and perspectives of Democrats Abroad Global Caucuses and moderated by Allyssa Schoenemann. Please RSVP below!

    Our focus will be on community, disabilities and intersectionality while exploring some of the ways each of our complex identities can influence our experiences.  This important event is co-sponsored by the Global AAPI Caucus, Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, LGBTQ+ Caucus, Progressive Caucus, VMF Caucus, Women's Caucus and Youth Caucus.

    We hope to help build a better understanding of the many ways disability can alter an individual's needs in various situations and the role disability plays in how we and others perceive our identity.

    We are also dedicated to building a stronger Democrats Abroad - by making all information, events and activities more accessible and being more cognizant of, and sensitive to, disability issues.  We hope this will be yet another meaningful discussion of many conversations in the coming months and years!

    “The Future is Accessible!”  Please RSVP below and join us on December 3rd!

    ♿️ GDC International Day of Persons with Disabilities - PROGRAM

    Welcoming Remarks
    Candice Kerestan, Int'l Chair
    Marnie Delaney, GDC Chair

    Panellists
    +Dr. Emily Lines, Chair, Global AAPI Caucus
    +LeedonalMoore / Jazzmin Dian Moore [they/them], Global Black Caucus
    +Beth Landry [they/them], Int'l Secretary and Esteemed Member of the Global Disability Caucus
    +Dana Freling, Global Environment & Climate Crisis Council
    +Onélica Andrade, Chair, Global Hispanic Caucus
    +Dr. Bob Vallier, Chair, Global LGBTQ+ Caucus
    +Tim Ellis, Global Progressive Caucus
    +Mike Nitz, Global VMF Caucus
    +Speaker TBD, Global Women's Caucus
    +Eric Burns, Global Youth Caucus

    Panel Moderator
    Allyssa Schoenemann, GDC Education and Awareness Coordinator

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    While there is no donation required to attend, we hope you will consider a donation of $10 to support our work to elect Democrats who will fight to make a better life for ALL Americans. Please click here to donate!