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February 21, 2020
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Supporting the Right to Equal Voting Access

Vote: to express one’s views; to express an opinion. One of the key premises of the START model is that everyone’s voice should be heard. As a community, we promote the rights of people with IDD to have their voices, their choices, their views, their opinions be heard and respected. We are entering election season which provides all of us an occasion to have our voices heard. Voting is recognized as a fundamental right and ADA requires that people with disabilities have access to vote. Do not miss this opportunity to be heard!
Today we are sharing a collection of voting information and resources from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and disability rights organizations of states with upcoming primary elections.

In 2000, SABE discovered that people with disabilities were not exercising their right to vote and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to vote. To address this need, the GoVoter project was established.

The National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access helps protection and advocacy systems, election officials and people with disabilities to make voting accessible for all citizens. The Center is managed and operated by leaders in the self-advocacy movement.

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The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convenerconnector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

Resources:  
Upcoming Presidential Primary State Resources
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire