DisBeat Announces First Five 2016 #DisabilityVote Initiatives

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DisBeat Announces First Five 2016 #DisabilityVote Initiatives

2016 is on track to become a historic election cycle for Disabled Americans. From live events –including the Road to Freedom Bus—to political action groups and viral social media campaigns, Disabled Americans are flexing their community organization and electoral power coast to coast through education, empowerment, and promotion of the 2016 Disability Vote. Collectively, this national effort of encouraging Americans with disabilities to engage in the 2016 Presidential Election will help ensure that the experience of 56.7 million Disabled Americans is reflected at this moment in American history.  To participate in this national effort, DisBeat Announces First Five 2016 #DisabilityVote Initiatives.
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2016 is on track to become a historic election cycle for Disabled Americans. 

From live events –including the Road to Freedom Bus—to political action groups and viral social media campaigns, Disabled Americans are flexing their community organization and electoral power coast to coast through education, empowerment, and promotion of the 2016 Disability Vote. 

Collectively, this national effort of encouraging Americans with disabilities to engage in the 2016 Presidential Election will help ensure that the experience of 56.7 million Disabled Americans is reflected at this moment in American history. 

To participate in this national effort, DisBeat Announces First Five 2016 #DisabilityVote Initiatives. 

5) #CripTheVote

#CripTheVote is a viral Twitter hashtag campaign currently engaging voters and politicians in direct discussions revolving around disability issues in the United States. The hashtag is intended to promote the thoughts, ideas, and concerns of Disabled Americans and bring them into the broader American political consciousness. Events under the hashtag will continue throughout the election cycle. Here is a Storify of the first chat and one of the second chat

4) Rev Up! Self-Advocate Voting Forum in Watertown, MA.

The Self-Advocate Voting Forum in Watertown, MA on February 24th will be an exciting opportunity for community members to gain insight and information surrounding the 2016 Presidential Election. Supported by The Disability Voting Task Force, topics of the RevUp! forum will include voting rights, candidate information, where to vote, and more.

3) YO! Disabled and Proud Youth Vote Initiative 

Youth Organizing (YO!) develops community activities that are aimed to build a power base among youth with disabilities. Currently, YO! is engaged in its Youth Voter Initiative, a survey for youth and young adults (ages 18 – 28). Information collected in this survey will provide YO! and other organizations vital insight as they design and execute programs aimed at stimulating the Disabled Youth Vote in the future. 

2) 2016 Disability Day At The Capitol

GCDD’s 18th Annual Disability Day at the Capitol will be held on February 18th, 2016. The goal of this gathering is to engage the over 650,000 Disabled Americans who are of voting age in the state of Georgia. The event will be held in Liberty Plaza. Advocates, legislators, and new voters will gather to display the important role Disabled Americans play in our nation’s decision-making process. 

1) REV Up! Launch in Houston/Road to Freedom Bus 

On February 23rd, Houston will launch the National RevUp campaign at TIRR Memorial Hermann. RevUP is promoting voter registration, providing candidate information, and ensuring access to the polls on Election Day for Disabled Americans. This launch will occur in conjunction with the Road to Freedom Bus  Tour stop in Houston, the home of President George HW Bush, who signed ADA into law. The Road to Freedom Bus is driven by Tom Olin, an award-winning photographer who has spent four decades chronicling the disability rights movement. Olin is now on his third round of this important, nation-wide tour that provides Americans the opportunity to celebrate the important milestones in disability history and raise awareness about disability rights issues. The keynote speaker for RevUp! will be Professor Lex Frieden, an early architect of the ADA.