Thank you for your help in inviting the candidates to the National Forum on Disability Issues. All the phone calls, letters, tweets, and posts were vital to securing the speakers that we did. Each of the campaigns acknowledged the volume of requests. While we were not successful in getting the Presidential candidates themselves, we did succeed in making them aware of the significance and prominence of the disability community and disability policy issues. They now FEEL THE POWER OF THE DISABILITY VOTE!
Continue your outreach to the Campaign Offices of President Obama, and Governor Romney, and if you are in Ohio to Josh Mandel and Sherrod Brown, both before and after the election.
Thank the Obama and Romney campaigns for sending high-level surrogates and thank both Brown and Mandel for coming to the Forum and speaking directly to disability issues. Remind them that there are 57 million people with disabilities in the United States who are impacted by disability policies on a daily basis, and 14.7 million people with disabilities who voted in the November, 2008 election. Tell them why disability issues are important to you and to the disability community, and how the Forum influenced your vote. Tell them we expect to see both the Democratic and Republican candidates at NFDI 2016, if not before.