Ask YOUR candidates to discuss their platforms on disability issues

Ask President Obama and Governor Romney to participate in The National Forum on Disability Issues!  Best Buddies is proud to be a sponsor of this nonpartisan event on September 28, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  Both candidates will have the chance to tell us their position on the many issues facing those with disabilities.

This year’s event builds on the success of the first ever forum organized by the disability community in 2008.  The candidates will be given the opportunity to provide their positions on a wide variety of disability issues directly to the disability community. A live Internet stream of the event will be broadcasted nationally with organized viewing parties.

It will be the only national event to focus specifically on disability issues. Why should your political candidates attend?  There are 57 million people with disabilities in the United States, meaning that roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a disability (source: 2010 census). CNN reports that approximately 21 million American families include at least one member with a disability, and over 65 million Americans are caring for family members with disabilities. According to the Disability Funders Network, between 1990 and 2000, the number of Americans with disabilities increased 25 percent, outpacing any other subgroup of the U.S. population.

Ask YOUR candidates to come discuss their platforms on disability issues by going to or contacting the campaigns.

Campaign contact information:

President Obama:
Campaign website

Contact: James Kavaal
Phone number: (312) 698-3670

Governor Romney:
Campaign website

Contact: Anna Gatlin
Phone number: (857) 288-3500

You can help promote and participate in The National Forum on Disability!  Here’s how:

Register to watch live: If you are not planning on attending the Forum, it will be webcast live for free from 12:30pm- 3:30pm on Friday, September 28, 2012. Register today and encourage others to do the same!

Facebook:  Like the Forum’s Facebook page and posts—and share them with your friends. The more people we can get to talk about the Forum, the more attention it will garner from the candidates.

Twitter: Follow the Forum on Twitter for up-to-date information, use the hashtag #NFDI2012, and re-tweet (RT) our messages to your followers. Again, the more followers, re-tweets and use of the hashtag we can generate, the better. The Forum is a critical event for the disability community, and we need to ensure that each campaign recognizes its importance.

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About Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International

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