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Where do Democrats and Republicans stand on disability-related issues?

Where do Democrats and Republicans stand on issues related to disabilities? Although the party platforms align on the continued importance of the American with Disabilities Act, significant differences exist in how to execute education and entitlement policies.

To enable indviduals concerned with disability-related issues to become more informed during this election year, The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, has developed a side-by-side comparison* of the 2012 Republican and Democratic party platforms relating to civil rights, education, Medicare, poverty and social security for individuals with autism and disabilities. Read the Arc's comparison of the party platforms.

The Arc comparison also notes that there are a number of other important issues for people with disabilities addressed in the party platforms, including employment, housing, foster care & adoption, and health care. To learn more and read the full platforms, see:

Republican Platform:
Democratic Platform:

*The Arc, as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is legally prohibited from taking positions in support of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.


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