One in four adults in America has a disability. Yet our country continues to treat people with disabilities as second-class citizens in many ways. Many municipalities treat ADA regulations as optional, and residents have to fight to get their basic rights respected. People with disabilities live in poverty at much higher rates than people without disabilities do.
As a commissioner on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities and a family member of people with disabilities, I have seen how the system fails Americans with disabilities. As your member of Congress, I will fight for:
- Increased educational opportunities for people with disabilities, including full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Inclusion of home-based and community-based care in a Medicare for All program.
- Development of a completely accessible internet and technology landscape for people with disabilities.
- Increased training for law enforcement on how to interact with people with disabilities with respect and deescalation.
- A jobs guarantee that includes good, $15+ per hour, union jobs for people with disabilities.
- Increased transportation funding for people with disabilities, so it doesn’t take five hours to make a 30-minute doctor’s appointment.
- An end to the disrespectful sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. If you work, you should get paid at least minimum wage.
- Protection and expansion of the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). SSDI is vitally important to 10 million Americans, including children and veterans. The average disability benefit is about $1,200 a month. For many people, that is their entire income. It is not enough.
- The Disability Integration Act (DIA), so that people who need Long Term Services and Supports do not lose their basic civil rights by being forced into institutions.