Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Episode 34 Resources: The Disability Vote – The Sleeping Giant Wakes Up!
Recording & Transcripts
Jim Dickson, Co-Chair of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Voting Rights Committee
In this episode, Jim Dickson, the Co-Chair of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Voting Rights Committee, will discuss the disability vote and the importance of people with disabilities casting their vote. This is a very exciting year with the Presidential election coming up in November. In addition, July 11- 15 is National Voter Registration Week. This episode focuses on the importance of the disability vote and how the disability voting behavior compares to other minority groups and the general population; changes in the voting process and what the future of voting may look like; voting accessibility and what to do when issues arise; and what people and communities with a strong interest in disability issues can do to improve voting access.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, they have represented thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CIL), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. To learn more about The National Council on Independent Living, visit their website at www.ncil.org