PROTECTING THE DISABLED

I am a young adult with a disability, I also have years of experience working with a wide range of populations with various disabilities.  These experiences have opened my eyes and grown my heart for disabled individuals and the struggles that they face every day. Individuals with disabilities lack visibility, access to jobs, housing and the community at large and face alarming rates of poverty. 12.6% of the U.S population lives with a disability. 29% of people with a disability are living below the poverty line, compared with 12% of non-disabled people. I am committed to fighting for the quality of life and independence of individuals with disabilities.

Social security is the lifeline for millions of disabled people. 7 out of 10 Americans support Social Security reform that expands benefits. That is why, I support protecting and expanding Social Security benefits. I support an increase in Social Security income of an average of $1,300 per year for those receiving $16,000 or less and increasing the cost of living adjustment.

We must end the cap on taxable income for Social Security. Social Security helps those who cannot work to help themselves. There's no reason that the wealthy should be exempt from paying into this vital program.

As a nation we must start providing services such as respite care, family training and specialized education for individuals and their families with autism and developmental disabilities.

I support fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and expanding housing opportunities as well as jobs training for individuals with disabilities.

A compassionate society takes care of those who cannot take care of themselves.