Resources to Learn More about the Presidential Candidates

The transcription and webcast are available from the National Forum on Disability Issues which was held September 28th.   The forum was an opportunity for the disability community to learn more about the positions on disability issue held by the two Presidential candidates. Visit the website to view these informative videos. For more resources on the election visit our blog. Many issues facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are being debated at the local, state and federal level. It is critical that members of the disability community educate themselves about the issues and vote on November 6th.

The National Forum on Disability Issues confirms Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) as speakers

The National Forum on Disability Issues (NFDI) is scheduled to take place on September 28, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. This non-partisan forum is the only national event that brings together representatives from President Barack Obama’s and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns and provides them with a platform to present their candidate’s policy positions on disability issues. The Arc has joined more than 80 other national organizations in pledging our support as a co-sponsor of this event.

Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, Jr., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) are speaking on behalf of their respective parties at NFDI. Each of them will present their campaign’s positions on matters relating to Americans with disabilities.

Even if you can’t attend you can watch a live stream of the event or host a viewing party. To learn more visit the NFDI website –

Prominent Washington, DC publication prints op-ed on voting rights for people with disabilities

In advance of the upcoming National Forum on Disability Issues, former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, the major Senate sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and former California Rep. Tony Coelho, a primary sponsor of the bill, co-wrote an opinion piece about voting rights for people with disabilities.  Read more on Politico’s website.