According to CDC data, about a quarter of people in the United States have a disability. Kamala believes in an America that is fully accessible and inclusive for everyone and her administration will fight to make this a reality across all parts of our society. As president, Kamala will have diverse leaders with disabilities developing all the policies her administration champions, including priorities that will lift up people with disabilities.
To do this we must expand economic opportunity and security for people with disabilities. In 2018, the unemployment rate for workers with disabilities was more than twice that for workers without disabilities. Only 32 percent of people with disabilities who are working-age are employed. On the other hand, 73 percent of people without disabilities in the same age group are employed. Just as we fight to finally eliminate practices that lead to people with disabilities being paid subminimum wages, we also have to speak the truth about how we need to eliminate barriers that make it harder for people with disabilities to fully participate in our workforce.
Under Kamala’s leadership, in partnership with the disability community, we can build an America that lives up to the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our country is stronger when everyone is valued, everyone has dignity, and everyone can be part of the competitive labor force.
Here are the key points of Kamala’s plan:
- Expand opportunities to transition to competitive integrated employment by increasing access to the services and supports people with disabilities need and eliminating subminimum wages.
- Pass the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Full Funding Act to make sure that students with disabilities are learning in classrooms that have funding to ensure they can get the education they deserve.
- Ratify U.S. participation in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to affirm American leadership in fighting for the civil rights of people with disabilities around the world.
- Allow people without dependent children to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Ensure the federal government is a model inclusive employer.
- Take executive action to ensure that the technology the federal government buys, develops, or uses is fully accessible.
- Create senior-level positions in the White House to make sure that the priorities for people with disabilities are incorporated across all of her policymaking.