As the 2016 election process heats up, newly launched online campaign #CripTheVote is lighting up the Internet as a way to bring awareness to disability related issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. Created by disability activists Gregg Beratan, Andrew Pulrang and Alice Wong, #CripTheVote is a “nonpartisan campaign to engage both voters and politicians in a productive discussion about disability issues in the United States, with the hope that Disability takes on greater prominence within the American political landscape,” their mission statement reads.
“Our primary message is that disabled people are tired of being an afterthought to the political establishment,” explains Beratan. “We are not the last special interest you rattle off at the end of a laundry list of constituencies — we are nation’s largest minority and its time the politicians at every level of our government paid attention.”
Taking place on Twitter before, during and after presidential debates, #CripTheVote conversations allow disabled voters to voice their opinions and concerns on such topics as unemployment, healthcare, housing needs, and accessibility just to name a few.
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