Disability Rights Ohio to support self-advocates on voting project

November 2, 2012 / voting

Disability Rights Ohio is pleased to announce that we will act as a liaison to Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) USA’s voting project. SABE is the self-advocacy organization of the United States.

Founded in 1990, SABE has been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world for 21 years.

SABE’s voting project includes an important initiative for self-advocates to interview other self-advocates about their experiences voting. This includes anyone with a disability. SABE wants to know how accessible polling locations really are.

On election day, interview teams with self-advocates will go to polling locations. The teams will ask questions of voters who are willing to identify as having a disability. After the election, SABE also will work with other organizations to get as much input as possible. This effort is happening in many states with a strong effort in Ohio. We need these surveys to demonstrate the true state of voting access across the USA.

Disability Rights Ohio is pleased to be on call to provide legal help if any of the polling teams run into difficulties. Our staff is aware and supports this key effort. We wish everyone to know about and support the right to vote!

To learn more about this, contact:

Essie Pederson, Co-Director
NTAC for Voting and Cognitive Access
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
3546 Forest Oak Court
Cincinnati, OH 45208

SABE website

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