“No one should face discrimination based on disability status. Democrats are committed to realizing the full promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will protect and expand the right of Americans with disabilities to get the accommodations and support they need.”
—Democratic Party Platform
Democrats value the positive contributions of everyone — parents, children, workers, and entrepreneurs—and among us, there are approximately 57 million people in the United States with disabilities. Since the passage of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), led by many Democrats in Congress, disabled Americans have increased their full participation in our communities. We have come a long way since the ADA’s enactment, but there is still more we can do.
The ADA was an important milestone in America’s history. It codified our party’s universal belief that all members of society should have equal access, equal rights, and equal opportunities to make a life for themselves and to contribute to their communities.
Democrats continue to build upon this foundation and work to break barriers to access. We are committed to improving the quality of care for Americans with disabilities, and Democrats support increased funding to improve parity for people with disabilities. Democrats are the champions of Medicare and Medicaid, protecting the rights of people with pre-existing conditions, and the Social Security Disability Insurance program, all of which have come under attack by Republicans. Democrats also support greater enforcement of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision so people with disabilities have access to independence and community living.
The Obama Administration made significant investments in vocational rehabilitation services to help with access to job training, education and placement, and increased funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Democrats continue to work to ensure the civil rights of Americans with disabilities are protected and that educational programs, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, are well-funded and enforced to provide ample resources for all beneficiaries to succeed.