Disabilities in the Wake of the Election

When President-Elect Joe Biden takes office in January, we can expect to see some legal and policy changes that will significantly impact people with disabilities and the organizations that work on their behalf. While Biden’s plan recognizes important progress has been made toward the “equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities,” it makes clear there is still much work to do.

As the January inauguration approaches, anticipation within the disability community is mounting. Service providers and individuals with disabilities alike are looking forward to seeing our federal government model acceptance and inclusion of those with disabilities. They anticipate this will lead to laws and policies focused on housing, employment, health care, transportation and community living that promote and support the inclusion, independence, health and overall well-being of people with disabilities.

N&R Publications has created 24 publications for organizations in the disabilities sector, and these publications are making a real impact. One of our most recent publications is “Your Vote Counts: A Guide for Georgians with Disabilities Heading to the Polls” created for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. It was inserted into the Atlanta Journal-Constitution prior to the election and a link to the publication was included in the Council’s staff signature lines, quarterly magazine, social media messaging and website detailing the 2020 election. We believe this publication made a difference in the outcome of the presidential election and it is still being used as a reference tool during Georgia’s double Senate runoff.