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/

BIDEN'S POLICIES 
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.

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

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.

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. 

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