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Capitol Correspondence - 04.16.18

Organizers Forum for Candidates with Disabilities

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If you are or know a person with a disability interested in running for office, please share this information about an organizers forum to provide information on running as an elected official with a disability! 

Although one in six voters has a disability, we are underrepresented and under-recognized as political candidates and public servants. This call will talk about the importance of running for and serving in public office as a person with a disability, the challenges and opportunities that people with disabilities (especially those who are multi-marginalized) face in campaigns, and the work being done to increase resources to train disabled leaders to run for office. 

ORGANIZERS FORUM: Disability and Running for Office

1-2 pm Eastern time, 12-1 Central time, 11-12 Mountain time, 10-11 am Pacific time

Call-in: 1-515-739-1285

Passcode: 521847#

To join through your computer, go to: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/organizersforum



Congressman James Langevin (tentative) represents Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District.  

Thida Cornes was the first openly disabled candidate to run for Mountain View, California City Council and serves on the Mountain View Environmental Sustainability Task Force.  

Reyma McDeid is currently running for Iowa House District 38 and is the Executive Director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living.  

Sarah Blahovec is the Disability Vote Organizer for the National Council on Independent Living.  


Please forward to your lists ASAP. (Be sure to include computer link and passcode to CART below.)

To give us an idea of who joins our calls, if you are interested in joining on Tuesday, please fill out this quick form! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHAxWEV5Y3h3MUtrcW1LYXhTcjZyYUE6MQ 

CART: The call will have real-time captioning (CART)! The website where you will be able to view the captioning is https://2020archive.1capapp.com/event/forum/. Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call.

If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us know as soon as possible.