September 25, 2012

Guest blog post by Charles H. Crawford.

November 6 will be a historic day in Maryland. Not only because we have the opportunity to select who we believe ought to be our President for the next four years, but also because we will decide the issue of whether we believe same sex partners should be able to marry and have all the benefits, rights, and responsibilities that marriage entails. Why is this important to us as people with disabilities and is there any alternative to our voting no?

September 23, 2012

The following is a guest blog post by Leah Katz-Hernandez on behalf of the Obama campaign.  DP&P welcomes news generally about disability outreach efforts in the current elections.  We will also share statements we learn from the Romney campaign or others.

September 23, 2012

From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

 Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD):

September 22, 2012

From the abstract of a journal article

 We examine whether people with disabilities are part of the political mainstream, or remain outsiders in important respects, by studying political participation and the underexplored topic of how disability relates to attitudes toward politics.

September 21, 2012

From the White House:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $20,654,352 for seven states under the Disability Employment Initiative to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The initiative is jointly funded and administered by the department's Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy.

September 21, 2012

DP&P is interested in identifying, promoting, and supporting persons with disabilities who are strong candidates for political office.  We think Tammy Duckworth is an outstanding candidate!

Guest blog post by James Ansley

I strongly agree that members of the disability community should do all that they can to support President Obama's reelection and to support the election of democratic candidates in general.  Although active support for the President is especially important in battle-ground states, support for Democratic candidates at all levels of government is critical across much of the country. In particular, I would direct your attention to tammy Duckworth's campaign for Representative from the Illinois 8th Congressional District.