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RespectAbility: 2020 Disability Voter Guide

The nonpartisan disability group RespectAbility invited Democratic and Republican candidates for President, Governor and the U.S. Senate to respond to seven questions about education, employment, community participation, and other issues that may be of interest to voters with disabilities. RespectAbility has compiled the answers of those who responded.

“Audit Revealed 43 States’ Vote-By-Mail Application Forms Not Accessible to Many with Disabilities, as Deadlines Loom”

Digital accessibility company Deque Systems conducted a recent audit of the online application forms required for registered voters to vote by mail, and discovered that 43 states’ applications had some level of digital inaccessibility – making them challenging or impossible for many people with disabilities to complete. Several states, including Maryland, “jumped on” Deque’s offer to repair inaccessible application forms.

“MobilityWorks Announces $1 Rental of Wheelchair Accessible Vans to Help Customers Get to the Polls”

MobilityWorks, the nation's largest retailer of wheelchair accessible vans, is offering their customers a $1 rental on November 3 to enable wheelchair users to get to the polls. Chris Paczak, Chief Marketing Officer, said “we are proud to support our civic minded customers who have the ability to choose how they want to vote by removing transportation limitations.” Find out more about “Roll to the Polls” at MobilityWorks.

Report: “Flatten Inaccessibility: Impact of COVID-19 on Blind and Visually Impaired Adults in the United States”

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the release of this research report, which includes survey findings from 1,921 U.S. participants who are blind or have low vision. The survey investigated the experiences of these participants during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how they were affected in areas including access to transportation, healthcare, food and supplies, employment, education, and voting.

“2020’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities”

The personal-finance website WalletHub released this report comparing more than 180 U.S. cities according to 34 key indicators of disability-friendliness. Indicators include such items as the employment rate and median income for workers with disabilities, prevalence of special education teachers and graduation rates for students with disabilities, numbers of wheelchair-accessible facilities and health care providers per capita, and data on the quality of public hospital systems.