Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Majority of Americans with Disabilities Feel Overlooked by Political Candidates

Ninety one percent of people with disabilities believe they receive less attention from presidential candidates than do other minorities, reports a poll conducted by Disaboom, an online community for people with disabilities. The population of Americans with disabilities consists of about 54 million people, easily a large enough number to impact the popular vote. With the recent conventions and upcoming debates, Americans with disabilities are looking for candidates to specifically identify and discuss topics that affect them. However, the majority of people with disabilities have expressed the feeling of being overlooked by presidential candidates and often by the political system in general. According to Disaboom, a significant portion of the entire American population, twenty five percent, agrees with this claim that presidential candidates do not give enough attention to the disabled minority. This is not, however, due to a lack of interest on the side of the citizens, as research has shown that the disabled community is eager to have its voice heard on topics such as healthcare, veteran’s issues, and unemployment. For more information on this study and on other political issues of interest to people with disabilities, please view the full article at http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0428479.htm and visit Disaboom’s political blog at http://www.disaboom.com/disabledpolitico/
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