Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Voters with Disabilities-- What Candidates Offer, What They Don't

According to PBS NEWSHOUR reporting, 35 million people with disabilities are newly able to vote in this year's election, and about 25% of all voters in the U.S. have a disability or live with someone who does. Although disability and other health related issues often receive special attention in election years, this cycle has been especially noteworthy but for all the wrong reasons.

Candidate Donald Trump continues to receive well-deserved blowback following his mockery of a journalist with a disability.  Hillary Clinton struggles to strike a balance in favor of-- and in favor of fixing-- the Affordable Care Act. But how do the candidates really line up on disability-issues?

Check out these resources more information:
Accessibility 2016: Where Do the Candidates Stand?

Disability Thinking (#cripthevote)

On the Issues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue

Vote Smart

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

VSA Texas and Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Focus on Bogus ADA Lawsuits

Austin, TX

Following up on an earlier reporting series (also noted on this blog) KXAN News recently reports that the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and VSA Texas (formerly Very Special Arts) are making a point to separate themselves from the hundreds of nuisance ADA lawsuits filed by John Deutsch and his attorney, Omar Weaver Rosales. VSA and the Coalition do not want consumers or the general public to conflate their legitimate pursuits toward a more accessible community with the machinations of Deutsch and Rosales.  For past and current KXAN reporting, please see the links below as well as previous DisabilityIntel posts in the blog archives:

"Disability Advocacy Groups Weigh in on Hundreds of ADA Lawsuits" 

"Hundreds of Austin Businesses Hit with ADA Lawsuits in One Year"

"Austin Business Owners Concerned Over Disability Access Lawsuits"