Easterseals sends open letter to political candidates
Leaders at Easterseals appreciate that disability concerns have been a major talking point in the 2016 election. They believe that each American should live with independence and dignity, even the population of 56.7 million Americans who live with disabilities. Another 62 million eligible voters have a loved one living with a disability.
The letter states that now is the time to emphasize the voices of these people with disabilities, who are usually drowned out by the larger population. Issues that they see as important should be highlighted as leaders fight for office -- in addition to after the voting polls are closed.
In light of this, Easterseals asks leaders to learn more about what people with disabilities face. This includes early intervention services, affordable health care, economic well-being and accessibility to economy stability.
In a recent Easterseals survey, 68.9 percent of people stated that affordable health care is their top concern. Another 66.6 percent of survey participants reported that accessible health care is their most important concern. In addition, early intervention and assistive technology are important for 43.8 percent and 38.8 percent of survey participants, respectively.
These issues are incredibly complex and sensitive, but it is important for elected officials to address them and help people living with disabilities.
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