Detroit Disability Power

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Disability Voter Guide
Compiled by Detroit Disability Power 

This guide was created to offer voters a snapshot of where our presidential contenders stand with regard to disability policy. 

Methodology: we searched for disability specific plans on each of the candidates' websites and populated our issue areas with their stance. If we couldn't locate a candidate's disability plan(s), we reached out to their campaign for more information. Blank columns indicate that we could not locate a candidates' disability plan(s), and had not yet heard back from their campaign, at the time of print. 

Note: all stances were cut and paste from candidates' websites. 

Disclaimer: this voter guide is for educational purposes only. Detroit Disability Power does not endorse candidates or parties. We compiled this information so that voters can see the remaining candidates' positions on disability rights issues.

Former Vice President Joe Biden

For more information,see: https://joebiden.com/disabilities/

Government

In the months ahead, Biden will propose additional steps he will take as president to ensure that people with disabilities are treated with dignity and have a chance to be a part of the middle class.

Education

Biden will ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability. This includes making sure children with disabilities have the support to succeed. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act promised to provide 40% of the extra cost of special education required by the bill. Currently, the federal government only covers roughly 14% of this cost, failing to live up to our commitment. The Biden Administration will fully fund this obligation within ten years.

Employment

The Biden Plan will also provide tax relief to help solve the long-term care challenge. The Biden Plan will also help Americans pay for long-term care by providing relief for Americans needing long-term care by creating a $5,000 tax credit for informal caregivers, modeled off of legislation supported by AARP.

Criminal Justice

Too often, people with disabilities end up in our criminal justice system or injured because of interactions with law enforcement that should never have happened at all or should have happened differently. To change the nature of these interactions, the Biden Administration will fund initiatives to partner mental health and substance use disorder experts, social workers, and disability advocates with police departments. These service providers will train police officers to better de-escalate interactions with people in severe emotional distress before they become violent. They’ll also help police officers learn how to better approach individuals with certain disabilities, like those with autism or who are deaf, so misunderstanding does not lead to incarceration.

BIDEN'S POLICIES 
Health Care

Today, the Affordable Care Act is still a big deal – especially for people with disabilities. Because of Obamacare, over 100 million people no longer have to worry that an insurance company will deny coverage or charge higher premiums just because they have a pre-existing condition – such as a disability. Insurance companies can no longer set annual or lifetime limits on coverage, which is especially critical for people with disabilities.
 

Biden will protect Medicaid and ensure its beneficiaries can access home and community-based long-term care when they want it. Medicaid pays for more long-term care than any other insurer in the country. In fact, roughly 6 in 10 individuals residing in nursing homes are enrolled in Medicaid, including many older Americans.
 

In addition, the Biden Administration won’t let states skirt their duties under Medicaid and will take enforcement action against any state that allows profiteering to get in the way of Medicaid beneficiaries’ health.

Housing
Access to Information

In the months ahead, Biden will propose additional steps he will take as president to ensure that people with disabilities are treated with dignity and have a chance to be a part of the middle class.

Transportation and Mobility

In the months ahead, Biden will propose additional steps he will take as president to ensure that people with disabilities are treated with dignity and have a chance to be a part of the middle class. 

In the months ahead, Biden will propose additional steps he will take as president to ensure that people with disabilities are treated with dignity and have a chance to be a part of the middle class.

 

For more information, see: https://www.tulsi2020.com

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Government
GABBARD'S POLICIES 
Education
Employment
Criminal Justice
Health Care

“We need to reinvest in and expand our two major Social Security programs, Old-Age, Survivors, Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI). Primarily, my administration will ensure Social Security's solvency by taking the trillions of tax dollars now spent on military spending and tax giveaways to the wealthiest American families and corporations and reinvesting them in these two Social Security programs.” (AFSCME questionnaire)

Housing
Access to Information
Transportation and Mobility
 
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
Government

Create a national office of disability coordination, run by a person with a disability, focused on coordinating and making disability policy to advance the full inclusion of people with disabilities, including ensuring every aspect of our public resources are ADA compliant and that the civil rights of people with disabilities are protected and expanded. 

Education
SANDER'S POLICIES 

Providing mandatory funding to ensure that the federal government provides at least 50 percent of the funding for serving students with disabilities, exceeding the federal government's original commitment of 40 percent when idea was passed. The plan also provides schools with 100 percent of the additional costs of serving students with disabilities in the general education classroom above the cost of average per pupil expenditures. 

Employment

Ending sub-minimum wage for workers with disabilities while guaranteeing jobs and living wages in the community for all. 
 

Protecting and expanding the social security disability insurance and supplemental security income programs by reversing the Trump administration's attack on SDI/SSI, ending the massive disability application backlog, putting a stop to SSL's draconian asset test and marriage penalty, and raising the SSI benefit level to 125 percent of the poverty level lifting millions out of poverty. 

Criminal Justice

Aggressively enforcing the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, including for people with mental illness. As president, sanders will work to enforce the supreme court's landmark Olmstead decision protecting the rights of people with disabilities to get support in the community. The plan places particular priority on the humanitarian crisis in our country created by the incarceration of people with mental illness, leveraging Olmstead to ensure states fund the voluntary, community-based mental health services that can save lives and keep people in the community. 

Health Care

Guaranteeing health care, including mental health care and home- and community-based services and supports without waitlists, asset or income restrictions, as a human right to everyone in America.
 

Using executive authority to reject both renewals of and new proposals from states to place disability and aging services under the control of for-profit managed care organizations, including reversing Iowa’s disastrous experiment with for-profit Medicaid privatization.
 

Passing the Disability Integration Act, to establish a clear standard for the delivery of high-quality services.

Housing
Access to Information

Build nearly 10 million permanently affordable, accessible homes to fully close the gap in affordable, accessible housing units.

Transportation and Mobility

Aggressively enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure the accessibility of the Internet, cloud-based applications, and internet-connected devices.

Invest $300 billion to build public transit that is affordable, accessible, fast and resilient through the Green New Deal. We will ensure that reliable, affordable public transit is accessible for people with disabilities, seniors, and rural communities. In addition to expanding transit service to communities, we will promote transit-oriented development to link this service to popular destinations and vital community services.

 
President Donald Trump
Government
TRUMP'S POLICIES
Housing
Transportation and Mobility
Access to Information
Health Care
Criminal Justice
Employment
Education
 
Former Governor Bill Weld
Government
WELD'S POLICIES 
Education
Employment
Criminal Justice
Health Care
Housing
Access to Information
Transportation and Mobility