Party platforms on disability issues

Tonight, October 3, is the first presidential debate between the incumbent President Obama and the Republican Nominee Mitt Romney. This debate kicks off the final leg of the campaign season leading up to the election on October 6.

People with disabilities make up about 20 percent of the population in the United States. With the size of the population in mind, the disability community has the opportunity to be a formidable voting bloc.

Many issues on which both campaigns are focusing -- health care, the economy, education -- have a significant impact on the disability community. In an effort to help people with disabilities sort through the issues, the Arc of Illinois has put together an election document that provides information on where each party stands in relation to issues relevant to this election. Among other issues, the document covers Medicaid, Civil Rights Issues, and Voting Rights Issues.

Many thanks to the Arc of Illinois for putting this together.

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