Saturday, August 11, 2012
Study shows voters with disabilities face access barriers
USA Today reported on a study which looked at accessibly issues and barriers for voters who have a disability. This is of serious concern given it is 2012 and The Rehabilitation Act has been in effect for 39 years and the Americans with Disabilities Act for 22 years. Another area of concern is how much time we actually spend educating people with more significant disabilities who may be under some type of guardianship on the voting process, their rights and freedoms and the democratic process overall. As citizens, people with disabilities must have access to full participation in our democratic society. Anything less is inexcusable. We have to work harder at noticing these barriers when we see them and becoming much more proactive. It should not take a Presidential election to address these barriers.