Disability Rights - Call for Congress

Disability Rights

25% of the American people have a disability. Some are visible. Many are not. I am committed to doing everything I can to fight for the rights of the disabled community, to achieve equity wherever possible.

  • End all exceptions in wage laws and workplace protections for individuals with disabilities, such as the sub-minimum wage
  • Expand Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Income (SSI) to a living wage (Cost of Living + 10%)
  • Expand access to Social Security/SSDI/SSI, including provision of public lawyers to assist in SSDI application process
  • Eliminate SSI waiting period
  • Eliminate requirement to ‘prove’ disability
  • Update the American with Disabilities Act in accordance with the varied needs of the disabled community, changes to be informed by the disabled community
  • Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Pass the Disabilities Integration Act of 2019
  • Expand funding for the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
  • Federal investment to upgrade existing public housing to be accessible, as required by the ADA, plus any additional accessibility needs requested by the resident
  • Federal investment to upgrade public schools to be accessible, as required by the ADA, plus any additional accessibility needs requested by students and faculty
  • Create a Federal Disability Education Services Agency to ensure all public schools have the resources and staff training needed to support students with disabilities
  • Implement anti-gentrification measures by prioritizing public housing for people with disabilities and historic area residents
  • Pass a permanent Money Follows the Person (MFP) program to resist institutionalization and ensure a Right to Return to homes and community
  • Eliminate small business exemptions to the ADA. Appropriate federal funds to assist with compliance in smaller businesses and anywhere that cannot readily afford it
  • Pay Family Caregivers and Expand Caregiver Hours
  • Ensure community based supports are fully covered under Medicare For All
  • Establish a Federal Community-Care Agency to provide community-based supports, long-term in-home and in-community care, and visitation care to seniors and the disabled community; then expand this Agency nationwide
  • Federalize Workers Compensation
  • Guarantee long-term care in a person’s home and community as a right to all Americans under Medicare for All
  • Make it illegal for individual’s possessions’ or property to be kept by an assisted living facility after death
  • Eliminate Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) and other burdensome compliance requirements and enact protections against healthcare surveillance
  • Establish Federal Marriage Equality for individuals with disabilities
  • Ensure Opioid Pain Management Protections for those with chronic and debilitating pain
  • Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Ensure that disabled immigrants are afforded the same immigration rights as non-disabled immigrants
  • Improve research and funding for rare diseases
  • Forgive medical and student loan debt
  • Ensure the Federal Jobs Guarantee covers the disabled community, particularly in regards to limited work schedules or nontraditional job roles
  • Legalize Marijuana and have Medical Marijuana covered under the Medicare for All changes needed in pharma:
  1. Stop kickbacks and incentives to doctors for prescribing medications
  2. Put Pharma Reps on salary (not commission)
  3. Publicly Owned Medication, Treatment, and Research
  4. Eliminate pharmaceutical advertising