Since the very start of my campaign, I've been engaged with the disability community on policy recommendations to address disabilities that are both seen and unseen. To get a clearer understanding of inaccessibility challenges, I joined disabilities advocate Justin Boatner on a tour of our district in a wheelchair. This experience made clear how far we have to go in making our community more accessible. The ADA was a monumental piece of legislation, but we have to update it to help meet the needs of people with disabilities today.
1. Increasing funding for projects that will expand accessibility of street crossings and public transportation
2. Ensuring that federal government programs and services are fully accessible and navigable, with high-quality customer service (ARC)
Preserve and enhance legislation and social programs that protect the rights of children and youth with disabilities, particularly those who are served by foster care systems.
Ensure access to service animals, including emotional support animals, to promote full participation in the community for all individuals with disabilities.
3. Increasing accessibility of education and raise awareness of resources for those with disabilities throughout the full timeline of their care needs
4. Promoting stronger enforcement of existing civil rights laws for people with disabilities
Particularly: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Fair Housing Act; Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA); the Rehabilitation Act; Help America Vote Act (HAVA); National Voter Registration Act (“motor voter”); Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Air Carrier Access Act; and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.