People with disabilities account for roughly one in six people.
Families with a disabled family member is approximately 50%.
Yet, virtually none of our elected officials have an official platform regarding people with disabilities. Part of this is understandable. We have lots of very diverse needs.
Housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare and personal care, crime and law-enforcement, and consumer fraud all impact people with disabilities in a more significant way than the general public.
Because of this, navigating a single elected official’s platform to determine whom best deserves our support is extremely difficult.
Vote with Heart wants to see that change. We want every elected official to recognize that having an official platform addressing the needs of people with disabilities and their families is an important part of governing.
Furthermore, while big donors, lobbyists, corporations and the media all have significant influence, ultimately the men and women casting votes every November have the most power to change the way we are governed.
Vote with Heart will be a platform for education on the issues important to you and your family.
Vote with Heart will be self advocacy platform, one where you’ll be able to voice your opinion united with others.
Our goal is not to sway politicians one direction or another. Our goal is to make politicians recognize the value of listening to the largest minority group in America.
Furthermore, when an elected official commits to writing an official platform, we want to help share that information to their entire constituency.
Here’s how you can help:
- Take the pledge to vote with your heart, by registering with us.
- Share the pledge with others. Our potential is directly proportional to our numbers.
- Encourage elected officials in your region to publish an official written platform including the most important issues to you.
- Encourage elected officials to seek the opinions and advice of people with disabilities and their families as they create their platform and legislation.
- Hold them accountable. Make sure platforms become promises, and promises become action.
- Most importantly, vote. If every person with a disability, and every person who loves someone with a disability takes the time to educate themselves and cast a vote, we can change the world.
Lastly, Vote with Heart is nonpartisan. We know that government and society is complex. It’s far too complex to solve our issues with black and white, red and blue, answers. Our goal is advocacy and education. We want the best thinkers, the best ideas, and the most capable people taking action. Furthermore we want people who disagree to work together to find balance.