shared courtesy of Disability Scoop
ST. LOUIS, Missouri – In a shift that has become a political necessity, Democratic presidential hopefuls are giving unprecedented attention to disability issues in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Nearly every contender for the Democratic nomination — including front-runners former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — has detailed disability policies in their platforms. The plans touch on how practically all national issues, from health care to immigration and education, affect people with disabilities.
The Democratic candidates’ disability policy plans are “probably a response to what candidates learned from 2016,” said Sean Luechtefeld, spokesman for the American Network of Community Options and Resources, or ANCOR, a trade group representing disability services providers. “If (President Donald) Trump is to be defeated, they need the broadest coalition” and cannot overlook the one in four American adults with a disability, he said.