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As a part of ID Action, we do not tell our network what to say to elected officials, candidates, and other community leaders.  We simply want to connect our advocates with the information resources they need to develop their own messages and provide opportunities to tell their stories.  For those of you that have asked us for "talking points," we have a resource for you!

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has a new resource to help you talk to the candidates running for office this year.  The REV UP! Issues Guide has something for everyone.  It provides a comprehensive overview of the issues, legislation, and regulations that have a significant impact on the disability community, without getting too wordy. The Guide is meant to serve as a tool for voters, advocates, candidates, and the media to be better informed on the issues that matter to people with disabilities.

The disability community represents an important and potentially influential voting bloc. To make the disability vote influential, people with disabilities need to be actively involved in the election process and push candidates for their positions on issues like these that are important to them. Candidates that support the equality and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities will benefit from the power of the disability vote.

  • Use this Guide to inform yourself and others on the priorities of the disability community, and to make an informed choice at the ballot box.
  • Use this guide when meeting with candidates formally or informally. Ask them how they will vote on legislation and what policies they will support. Remind them that the disability vote matters.
  • Use this Guide when talking with the media about the importance of disability issues in this upcoming election. With 1 in 5 Americans living with a disability, these issues are everyone’s issues.

As AAPD founder and "father of the ADA" Justin Dart said, “Vote as if your life depends on it – because it does.”  If you have any questions, please contact AAPD’s REV UP Campaign at programs@aapd.com.  Note: A Spanish translation of the Issues Guide will be available soon at www.aapd.com.

Click here to download a printable version of the Issues Guide.

Click here for more resources to help you get Rev'd Up to Vote!