Presidential Candidates Share Their Disability Policy Plans

Disability Vote California Needs You

“Standing up and fighting for the disability community is not a partisan or a political issue; it’s an issue of right and wrong, of going backwards or moving forward.” – Julián Castro

Although California’s presidential primary election won’t be held until March 3, 2020 it is never too early to start learning about the candidates and how they might help or hurt the disability community. For the first time that I can recall the majority of presidential candidates have issued disability specific policy guides. Candidates are talking about every aspect of life with a disability – education, employment, housing, healthcare, transportation, voting rights, social security reform and improvement, in home support, mental health, disaster preparedness, police interaction, criminal justice, engaging in disability policy on the global stage, and more – this is a major shift from previous elections. This shift indicates that people with disabilities are finally being recognized for the contributions we make and the challenges we face in America.

This links roundup includes the candidates’ disability specific policy plans (when available) as well as their broader policy plans. Please read them at your leisure, discuss them with your friends and family, and vote on March 3rd.

Candidates with Disability Specific Policy Plans

Democratic Candidates:

Joe Biden on disability:
Biden’s other policies:

Cory Booker on disability:
Booker’s other policies:

Steve Bullock on disability:
Bullock’s other policies:

Pete Buttigieg on disability:
Buttigieg’s other policies:

Julián Castro on disability:
Castro’s other policies:

Kamala Harris on disability:
Harris’s other policies:

Bernie Sanders on disability:
Sander’s other policies:

Joe Sestak on disability:
Sestak’s other policies:

Elizabeth Warren on disability:
Warren’s other policies:

Marianne Williamson on disability:
Williamson’s other policies:

Candidates without Disability Specific Policy Plans

Incumbent Donald Trump:

Republican Challengers:

Joe Walsh:
Bill Weld:

Democratic Candidates:

Michael Bennet:
John Delaney*:
Tulsi Gabbard:
Amy Klobuchar:
Wayne Messam :
Tom Steyer:
Andrew Yang:

*Mr. Delaney has a mental health policy platform:

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