"Our disability vote does count, very much so. Combined, we are 25% of the population... 25% carries a lot of weight, and we must use that weight responsibly. We must vote for people who are about us... It is quite simply a question of what kind of society we are going to live in."
"United, our voices will move mountains... The reason that I vote is because it's a commitment to my community. As I advocate for my son's rights, and those of our family and community, I realize the importance of having the elected officials embrace those rights and those needs."
"One of the things that called me to the ballot box, or even just my mail-in ballot, is that I want my voice heard. As a provider, our funding is often dictated by people in Sacramento or even in Washington, DC. And if we do not make our voices heard, then they are unaware of how that funding change or that legislation affects us."
"I vote because I am voting for two, not just for myself, but also my nearly 15-year-old neurodiverse, autistic daughter...and I am her voice for now as her mother and her ally. That's why I vote... I vote because I want to be able to elect and foster compassionate leadership."
"Every day, decisions are being made at every level of government that affect my life, my work, that affect everyone around me.... I am fortunate enough to live in a democracy where I get to hold my politicians accountable when I don't like what is happening. And so I vote to hold them accountable. I vote to get a say in what they do... I deserve a good life. People like me deserve a good life. My friends, my family, my coworkers, my clients, everyone deserves a good life. And we can have a good life if we vote."
"There are three reasons I vote. Number one, elections have consequences... we have the power to make choices and stand up for issues we care about... Second of all, our vote is our voice for issues that are important to us... And lastly, there are so many champions... people who've fought for the right to vote. The right to vote is one of our most valuable Constitutional rights. As John Lewis said, 'The vote is precious. It's almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have. So go out and vote like you've never voted before.'"
"It's basic. It's self-advocacy - self-advocacy about your choices... History has not been favorable for people of color and people with disabilities. In the past, people of color and people with disabilities died for the right to vote... So we vote because it's our self-advocacy. It is showing everyone what we think. You are the most important person when it comes to voting - it's your self-advocacy.'"
"As a family member, I'm voting because I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege... As a special education teacher, I'm voting because I know firsthand that students with disabilities suffer because IDEA has never been fully funded... As a professional and a parent I am voting because I believe people with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve services and supports that are person-centered and self-directed."
"It's so important to vote to me because there are so many pieces of law that touch different parts. We look at California and we think of the Lanterman Act, but on the national level, there are so many different parts - education, housing, employment, ADA, voting rights - that are important to all of us. We need to make sure we know that these legislators, these policymakers, are going to bring them up for consideration periodically."
"My vote is my voice. By voting, I can help create positive change for Americans in the future. I vote because my voice matters. I vote because it's a civil rights matter. I vote because we need to end disability discrimination. I vote because human rights is a healthcare issue. I vote for affordable housing for people with disabilities. I vote because we need equal-opportunity employment. I vote because we need accessibility for better transportation."
"I really am passionate about voting so I can represent my children... For people like my children, they don't have a voice and a choice unless we're voting for things that help them get accessible supports and services, which includes devices and a circle of support... I think a lot of parents like me think they don't have time to vote, but of all the many many things that we have to do to advocate for our loved ones in our lives, this is the one thing that takes the least amount of time, and there won't be someone on the other side of the table arguing with you."
"I vote because it is my right to vote, and I don't take that for granted. I believe that my vote can make a difference, and I want to have a say about who my elected representatives are... I have seen the positive effect that legislative advocacy can have, and personally and professionally, I feel much more empowered when it's time to vote."
This webinar was recorded on August 20, 2020. It features the launch of the Disability Vote California coalition and an excellent presentation on why the 2020 Census is so important, especially for voters with disabilities.
This webinar was recorded on August 27, 2020. It talks about changes to the voting process for the 2020 election, and how voters with disabilities can access our right to vote.
This webinar was recorded on September 3, 2020. It features Andrew Pulrang, co-coordinator of the #CripTheVote movement, as well as other self-advocates, family members, and professionals. Panelists discuss what they're voting for and why from perspectives of the disability community.
This webinar was recorded on September 10, 2020. It is critical that people with disabilities, family members, and professionals make sure that they vote and that their vote is counted. Experts in voting discuss how to create your own plan to vote in the 2020 election!
This webinar was recorded Thursday, September 17th, from 1 - 3 PM PT. Recent elections have been filled with dialogue from candidates and leaders that stereotypes and stigmatizes people with disabilities and people of color. This “uncivil discourse” has now filtered down to discussions on social media and between family members and neighbors. Presenters on this webinar speak about how language from our leaders — and ourselves — can perpetuate ableism and racism and what we can do to create change and demand respect.
This webinar was recorded Thursday, September 24th, from 1 - 3 PM PT.
Did you know that the Congress is responsible for providing 40% of funding for special education but they never get close to that amount? Did you know that the state legislature decides how much will be spent on services funded by regional centers? Did you know that your Mayor and City Council Members are responsible for ensuring that sidewalks are accessible to wheelchairs
Whom we elect is critical for our future!
This webinar was recorded Wednesday, September 30th, from 1 - 3 PM PT. Everyone uses supported decision-making. This webinar talks about how to use supported decision-making to allow people with developmental disabilities to engage in our democracy.
This webinar was recorded Thursday, October 16th, from 12 - 1:30 PM PT. Join us for a webinar to talk through several of the ballot propositions and how they might affect people with disabilities and their families. The webinar will cover: Prop 15 - Taxes on commercial property
Prop 16 - Allow public agencies to consider diversity
Prop 19 - Changes in property tax rules
Prop 21 - Local governments and rent control
Prop 22 - Employment status of rideshare and delivery drivers