Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dole, Coehlo Agree: "Disabled Voters Possess Untapped Political Power"

In a joint op-ed, former Republican senator Bob Dole and former Democratic congressman Tony Coehlo. "Disability touches the lives of virtually every American," they write. "Individuals with disabilities, their families and friends represent one of the largest voting blocs. When it comes to elections, however, few pundits or candidates fully recognize the untapped power of this community."

They also point out that returning veterans are expanding the number of Americans with disabilities, currently estimated at 57 million people, or 19 percent of the population. In fact, one of four veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of disability.

Dole and Coehlo were sponsors of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Read the op-ed from Politico.


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