Angela West is a self-advocate from Virginia.
“People with disabilities face obstacles in most places; polling locations are no different. Do not let this deter you from making plans to go out and vote, in person, on Election Day. We represent one in six of all eligible voters… imagine the differences we can make in the political landscape, in voting accessibility, and in our communities if we each exercise our right to vote!”
~Lauren Snyder Roche, Disability Advocate
Voting is a valuable right because we decide who will have the power to make decisions that affect our lives. Rights come with responsibilities. It is important to learn about the candidates (people running for office) so that we can make the best choice for our future. The leaders that we elect will play a role in policy-making that affects the workforce, Medicaid, Social Security, and education. When you have the chance, getting to know the candidates can help you make your choice.
We are only a day away from the 2016 Presidential election. No matter who you vote for, the results will alter American history in some way. The decision is left in the hands of ALL American citizens.
When asked about the importance of voting, Dr. Allette Coble-Temple says,
As an American citizen with cerebral palsy, I believe it is essential to exercise my right to vote. Change occurs when citizens come together and exercise their voice by identifying the issues and needs of our community. The disability community has the power to become the largest minority voting group in America. This will only occur if we exercise the right to vote. We need to show our political candidates at the local, state and national level that disability issues must be at the forefront of their platforms and decision making processes. Not only do decisions impact the 56 million people living with disabilities in the U.S.A but also all the families and friends connected to those 56 million people.
As you can see, voting is such an important responsibility and we can make our voices heard. Even if we have different political views, we can come together as a disability community to exercise our right to vote and influence the future.
Hope to see you at the polls, on November 8th!