Register for this free, virtual summit on June 22 and June 23.

WASHINGTON, DC – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the disability community is mobilizing. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud to announce POWER the Disability Vote, a national, non-partisan Disability & Election Virtual Summit. On Monday & Tuesday, June 22 and 23 from noon to 3:45 pm ET on both days and will include panels, presentations, and a national call-to-action to mobilize disability voters and allies.

Disability groups across America are staring down the pandemic with a big question: given COVID-19’s impact on Americans with disabilities and growing numbers of voters who will acquire disabilities, will the Disability Vote be among the deciding factors in the 2020 Election?

YES – According to a 2018 Rutgers University study, 14.3 million people with disabilities voted in 2018, 49.3% of eligible voters with disabilities, compared with 40.8% in 2014. In 2020, over 35 million eligible voters will be people with disabilities, not counting those that may acquire a disability as a result of COVID-19. That number increases to at least 62.7 million when adding voters who have a household member with a disability.

“The surge in turnout among our increasingly visible, vocal, and active voting bloc is only one reason that we need to continue to build the power of the disability vote,” said AAPD President and CEO Maria Town. “We’re also thinking about how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant gaps and weaknesses in public systems on which people with disabilities, among many others, rely. If elected officials, including the President, want to be elected, and expect our votes, they must address our issues.”

Last year, AAPD began organizing the Summit to galvanize a recent trend among Americans with disabilities: an 8.5% surge in voter turnout in 2018.

AAPD has organized these voters since 2016 through their REV UP (Register! Organize! Vote! Use your Power!) campaign. Currently, over 30 states have partnered with the REV UP network. With the participation of these state coalitions, plus hundreds of Americans with disabilities and the organizations that represent them, AAPD’s POWER Summit will push the Disability Vote forward as the deciding factor of the 2020 Elections.

For information on POWER The Disability Vote, visit https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/revup-summit/. This event was originally scheduled for January 13, 2020 as Elected for Inclusion – the Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues.

AAPD is a convener, connecter, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As one of the leading national cross-disability civil rights organizations, AAPD advocates for the full recognition of rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD’s programs and initiatives have been effective in mobilizing the disability community through communications advocacy; cultivating and training new and emerging leaders with disabilities through leadership development programs; increasing the political participation of Americans with disabilities and elevating the power of the disability vote through the REV UP (Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!) Campaign; and advancing disability inclusion in the workplace through the Disability Equality Index (DEI) — the nation’s leading corporate benchmarking tool for disability equality and inclusion. To learn more about AAPD, visit www.aapd.com.

AAPD’s REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to address the concerns of people with disabilities, eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting; educate communities about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; and engage candidates and the media on disability issues. 

AAPD/NCIL Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

In an effort to inform the disability community of the presidential candidate’s disability policy positions, initiatives, and priorities, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) have developed a presidential candidate questionnaire. Read more about the question and answers at this link: https://mailchi.mp/aapd/announcing-the-2019-aapd-paul-g-hearne-leadership-awards-193341?e=2c358d98d6

Cancelled – REV UP 2020 Strategy Meeting

Save the date for the 2020 REV UP MA Strategy Meeting!

2020 is a national election year. The goal of this meeting is to continue to strategize and develop concrete objectives on getting people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on the candidates and issues, and to the polls on Election Day on November 3, 2020.

When: Friday, May 29, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: AC Hotel, 125 Front Street, Worcester

Please Note: Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.

Sign up to attend at the Disability Law Center MA website: https://www.dlc-ma.org/calendar/

Transportation: The Framingham Worcester Commuter Rail line leaves from South Station and goes to Worcester. The train schedule is at www.mbta.com. The train is a 5 minute walk to the hotel. If you need transportation to and from the train station, please let us know and we will try to help.

Photos from the 2018 REV UP Forum

Marlene Sallo, ED at DLC, opens the May, 2018 REV UP Forum in Marlboro
Marlene Sallo, ED at DLC, opens the May, 2018 REV UP Forum in Marlboro
Commissioner Thomas Hicks (EAC)
Commissioner Thomas Hicks (EAC)
Zach Baldwin (AAPD)
Zach Baldwin (AAPD)
Richard Villavicencio and audience member ask question
Richard Villavicencio and audience member ask question

2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility and Security Forum

February 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

As the 2020 elections rapidly approach, the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has designed a forum to address growing concerns regarding accessibility and security. This all-day forum will bring together state and local election officials, people with disabilities, disability advocates, and election security experts to discuss issues and advance solutions. The collaborative workshops and EAC’s efforts will assist election officials serving voters with disabilities in the 2020 elections and beyond. EAC commissioners will be in attendance and will play a leading role in promoting collaboration amongst participants.


November 20 Presidential Democratic Primary Debate

How to Watch Tonight’s Debates: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/20/politics/how-to-watch-democratic-debate/index.html

Who is debating?

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Businessman Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Businessman Andrew Yang

Who didn’t make the cut?

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
  • Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
  • Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak

2019 Municipal Elections

Tuesday, November 5th: 2019 Municipal Elections!
November 5th, 2019 is election day for many municipalities across the Commonwealth! Be sure to make it to the polls if your city/town has an election, and spread the word to your family and friends! And keep in mind that polling locations run on different schedules depending on municipality. Check here to see all cities/towns holding elections and the hours that polls are open for each: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemuniele/munieleidx.htm If you have questions about voting, contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections and Voting Division at this toll free number: 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). You can also email them at elections@sec.state.ma.us

2020 Presidential Forum on Disability Issues in January

Tickets are on sale now for AAPD’s forum on January 13, 2020 in Austin Texas. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchases here: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/2020-presidential-forum-on-disability-issues/.

We have not yet seen a list of participants or a schedule for the event.

Learn more about the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).