Friday, February 5, 2016

Where Do Presidential Candidates Stand on Disability Issues?

OK so I'm not going to ask any questions until the major parties select a candidate. For the record, this blog never supports any candidate in any election. We do try to obtain information for our readers, however. Once the players are determined, we'll send out a questionnaire. 

In the meantime, over at the RespectAbility Blog, they have already sent questionnaires to the presidential candidates, The candidates earned points by having any plan as to an issue. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each earned 100 points, and Jeb Bush got a 94. On the other end of the spectrum, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz each got a zero by not returning the questionnaire. The folks at RestectAbility entered this word of caution in interpreting the scores:
While there are three candidates with extremely high scores, they have dramatically different ideas about how to deal with the issues. It’s extremely important to read to their full answers so that you can understand their important differences. Issues in the detailed scorecard include employment, stigma, education, safety, transportation, housing, healthcare, foreign affairs and other issues.

The scores are available here. The responses to the questionnaires may be read here.

Your thoughts?


  1. Thanks for the link... it's helpful to have a non-partisan, one-stop round-up of candidates' positions.

  2. One of the things that struck me was how similar the responses of each candidate was or at least the candidates that responded. Kasich, Clinton, and Sanders each detailed their records as advocates for people with special needs. Kasich talked about how he tried to help people with disabilities in Ohio. Clinton and Sanders talked about how they advocated for laws helping people with disabilities in the Senate.

  3. VMG & Anon,

    Thank you for your comments.


  4. I am glad I read this post. It just confirms to me why I chose specific candidates. Although I feel that one candidate is particular is special and really cares for the people.

    1. Carolyn,

      Thanks for your comment.