On September 28th from 12:30 – 3:30 EST in Columbus, Ohio, more than 50 organizations will unite for the 2012 National Forum on Disability Issues. The National MS Society is proud to be one of the sponsoring organizations. The first National Forum on Disability Issues was held in 2008 prior to the 2008 Presidential election. This year’s forum will build on the success of the first forum and focus on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential and Ohio Senate candidates.
The forum will be available for free to the public via live webcast. To ensure you are able to access and listen to the live webcast on September 28th from 12:30 – 3:30 PM EST, we urge you to RSVP through this link soon! The candidates who have been invited to attend the forum are President Barack Obama, Republican Presidential Nominee Governor Mitt Romney, and Ohio Senate candidates U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Josh Mandel. Each candidate will have the opportunity to provide their positions on a wide range of disability issues. Questions are expected to address issues facing the disability community as a whole such as employment, health care, long-term services and supports, education, transportation, housing, and research.
This event will be the only national Presidential event focusing solely on issues specific to the disability community. It’s important to listen in and get educated. As Sue Hetrick Director of Public Policy at The Ability Center and Coordinator of the Ohio Disability Vote Coalition says, “over 14.7 million Americans with disabilities voted in the 2008 election. With 1 out of every 5 Americans living with a disability today, their voices and their votes will play a critical role in the 2012 election.”