Advocates Urge Candidates To Focus On Disability Issues
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 8, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC--United Cerebral Palsy has purchased full-page advertisements in campus newspapers where the major presidential candidates are scheduled to debate, urging them to pay more attention to disability issues.
UCP purchased the ads to run in the St. Louis' Washington University Student Life, where Friday's second debate will be held, and the Arizona State University State Press, in Tempe, where the third debate is scheduled next Wednesday.
"The final two Presidential debates present an opportunity for the candidates to lay out an inclusive vision for the future," said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, in a press release. "And forty million voters with disabilities have waited long enough to hear it."
UCP is also urging advocates to write to the candidates about issues that are important to Americans with disabilities.
The results of a poll released Friday showed that respondents with disabilities felt Democratic candidate Senator John Kerry addressed disability issues more than Republican candidate President George W. Bush.
The National Organization on Disability/Harris Survey questioned 398 adults with disabilities and 828 adults without disabilities during September.
Of those with disabilities, Senator Kerry was seen as addressing disability issues by 40 percent of respondents, compared to 23 percent for President Bush. Five percent said that independent candidate Ralph Nader addressed disability issues.
On the other hand, among respondents with disabilities who said they were likely to vote, 48 percent said they were either likely to vote, or leaning toward voting, for President Bush, while 46 percent said the same for Senator Kerry. Three percent favored Ralph Nader.
"Kerry Addressing Disability Issues Better Than Bush, N.O.D./Harris Survey Finds"
"Harris Poll Finds Bush Making Progress Among Likely Voters With Disabilities" (National Organization on Disability)
"UCP Challenges Presidential Candidates to Address Disability Issues in Debates" (United Cerebral Palsy)
"Take Action! Disability Issues Deserve Debate" (United Cerebral Palsy)