EDITOR: Our first three letters come from readers who responded to our September cover story (“Election 2012: Left, Right, Disabled?”) online at newmobility.com.
Being disabled is no excuse for not voting. Whether there is access to a polling site or not, every state has absentee ballots — a person can vote from the comfort of their own home. My son didn’t even start voting until he was disabled.
Voting Barriers are Real
With all due respect, I find it difficult to believe you know every situation for every disabled voter. Pretty simplistic and unhelpful to assume because your son is able to vote, the rest of us don’t face barriers. Fact of the matter is, every polling station should be accessible, period. As someone who uses a wheelchair because of a degenerative neurological condition, and lives alone, I find it rather offensive that you think we should be marginalized rather than being accommodated.
ADA is Critical
I’m all over the map on politics, but I’m old enough and aware enough that I see any criticism of the ADA as ignorance. What people with disabilities need is full integration into the mainstream. That’s a realistic goal. In the United States, everything necessary to living a full life as a person with a disability is about money. And the simplest way for an average person to attain money is education and employment. It takes only a little research to see that most people with disabilities are poor, which in turn means we are under-employed. It also takes only a short leap of logic to know that the poor (disabled or not) get the short end of the stick in American society. Self-reliance is bold talk. Self-reliance with an economic and social boot on your neck is useless.
Moved by Column
I was moved by Tim Gilmer’s recent column