Nevada Disability Coalition announces participation with AAPD Announces REV UP Campaign – Making the DISABILITY VOTE Count
Nevada Disability Coalition is proud to be the Nevada Link to REVup.
We are partingin with AAPD to participate in the REVup
5. The disability community has a huge stake in state and federal results of the November election. Justin Dart, father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”
4. At a level that has never been achieved before, national and state disability organizations are actively registering voters and planning get out the DISABILITY VOTE activities leading up to Election Day. These include the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living(APRIL), #CripTheVote, the DO Network, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), REV UP Massachusetts, REV UP Texas, the Texas Disability Project, #VoteDisability, and several other state and local disability rights organizations.
3. REV UP campaigns have kicked off in several states with more joining daily. California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and DC are actively organizing the DISABILITY VOTE.
2. National and local elections will be affected as REV UP increases the political power of the disability community by getting more people with disabilities registered and committed to vote on election day while simultaneously engaging candidates for public office and the media on disability issues. While currently focused on the upcoming election, the REV UP Campaign is committed to continuing to engage people with disabilities in communities across the country through 2016 and beyond.
1. There are nearly 30 million people with disabilities eligible to vote when registered. This number does not even include “the ripple effect” of family, friends, and service professionals who will vote in-line with disability interests. During National Disability Voter Registration Week, REV UP Campaigns around the country will make a concerted effort to get more people with disabilities registered to vote, educate voters about issues and candidates, promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country, engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.
For more information on the REV UP Campaign, National Disability Voter Registration Week, and how to start organizing in your state please visit www.aapd.com/REVUP. The REV UP Campaign offers a host of resources on the 2016 election, registering to vote, ways to drive civic engagement and a compilation of state-specific resources and events.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 50+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at www.aapd.com.
REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power
The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places; educate voters about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.
Statistics & Data – The REV UP Campaign curates a webpage that provides data about the political participation of the disability community.
Voter Resource Center – The REV UP Campaign hosts a webpage that compiles a host of resources on voter registration, voter education, casting a vote and access to the polls, and amplifying the power of the disability vote.Mobilizing the Grassroots Disability Community
Engaging Disability Voting Rights Advocates – The REV UP Campaign maintains
regular direct engagement with over 350 voting rights advocates across 27 states to
provide information, resources, and updates. Many of these advocates are
representatives from centers for independent living, protection and advocacy
agencies, and other state/local disability organizations.
Sign-On Letter to Candidates – The REV UP Campaign partnered with the Interfaith
Disability Advocacy Coalition to issue a sign-on letter for the faith community to
encourage the presidential candidates to address disability issues.
State Resources & Events – The REV UP Campaign regularly updates a webpage with
information about events in states across the country. These events include voter
registration and education events, debate watch parties, town halls, candidate
forums, and more.
REV UP Toolkit & Logos – The REV UP Campaign offers a customizable toolkit to help
advocates at the state and local level collect and organize information and resources
that are specific to their state. REV UP also offers a host of logos and graphics that
are free for advocates to use and modify.
Media Materials – The REV UP Campaign offers sample social media posts, press
release templates, and graphics to aid state and local partners in their
National Disability Voter Registration Week – The week, which occurred on July 11-
15, 2016, was organized as a concerted effort to get more people with disabilities
registered and educated about this year’s elections as well as to inform the media
and candidates for public office about the influence of the disability vote. The REV
UP Campaign received 37 official proclamations as well as a joint letter of support
from former Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin.
National Voter Registration Day – The REV UP Campaign joined the broader
national effort on September 27th to make a final push to register voters before the
state deadlines. The REV UP Campaign hosted a National Organizing Call on
September 8th to help coordinate these efforts.
Online Voter Registration Tool – Through a partnership with Rock The Vote, AAPD
offers online voter registration via the REV UP website.
Pledge to Vote – The REV UP Campaign hosts an online ‘pledge to vote’ form to
encourage political participation.
Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Activities – The REV UP Campaign hosted a National
Organizing Call on October 4th to provide more information about and encourage
state and local partners to participate in GOTV activities to ensure people with
disabilities are counted at the polls.
REV UP Presidential Candidate Questionnaire – AAPD partnered with the National
Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to create this questionnaire in order to gain
more insight from the candidates on how they would address issues important to
the disability community. We received responses from Hillary Clinton and Donald
2016 Election Center – The REV UP Campaign curates a webpage dedicated to
providing information and external links relating to the current election.
Statistics & Data – The REV UP Campaign curates a webpage that provides data
about the political participation of the disability community.
Voter Resource Center – The REV UP Campaign hosts a webpage that compiles a
host of resources on voter registration, voter education, casting a vote and access to
the polls, and amplifying the power of the disability vote.