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by Shaun Heasley | August 16, 2016
The number of potential voters with disabilities is on the rise and now exceeds that of either African-Americans or Latinos in this country, according to a new report.
Some 35.4 million people with disabilities are expected to be eligible to vote in the presidential election this November. That’s an increase of 7 percent over 2012 and represents nearly one-sixth of the total U.S. electorate.
The findings come from a report released this month from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations which is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and population projections.
“People with disabilities are often overlooked in elections, but they are one of the largest minority groups in the United States,” said Lisa Schur, a co-author of the report. “They often receive messages from society that they are not welcome or expected to participate, but their votes can sway election outcomes.”
As their numbers increase, voters with disabilities can edge out other demographic groups that traditionally receive more attention, the report found. African-Americans are expected to account for 28.7 million eligible voters while Latinos represent 29.5 million.
Meanwhile, the influence of people with disabilities rises even more when those who live in their households are also factored, bringing the potential number of eligible voters impacted by disability to 62.7 million.
Dr. Valerie Burnett, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education for the School District of Haverford Township, wants to inform parents of special education students that the District plans to destroy certain special education records. Students affected include those who attended the School District of Haverford Township or those who were in special education programs out of the District under the auspices of the District; those who graduated in 2012, and those who are over 21 years of age.
These records will be destroyed after November 30, 2016, if the District does not receive written requests for their contents. Parents who wish to obtain records should send a request in writing, with appropriate return address to:
The School District of Haverford Township
Attn: Dr. Valerie L. Burnett, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education
Office of Pupil Services
50 East Eagle Road
Havertown, PA 19083
by Shaun Heasley | July 18, 2016 Courtesy of Disability Scoop
Millions of dollars are up for grabs designed to help states improve services for people with disabilities seeking work.
The U.S. Department of Labor said it is making $15.6 million available to states to increase participation by those with disabilities in education and training programs to prepare them for employment.
The funding will be distributed as eight grants ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million apiece, the agency said.
At least one project will be selected focusing on each of three demographic groups — individuals ages 14 and up with significant disabilities, young people with disabilities ages 14 to 24 and adults with disabilities ages 18 and over.
“People with disabilities have tremendous talents and ideas to contribute to our workplaces, our communities and our nation’s economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. “The funding … will help to prepare these workers for good jobs and build strong ladders of opportunity to the middle-class.”
The grants are the latest in a series of federal funding opportunities in recent years aimed at growing employment among people with disabilities. Since 2010, the Labor Department said it has doled out more than $109 million to 43 state workforce agencies in 27 states in an effort to improve employment outcomes for this population.
State workforce agencies have until Aug. 1 to apply for the funding.