The esteemed historian of American history and disability history Paul Longmore has an article in Huffington Post entitled “Palin Talks About Special Needs Children, But Obama Has Substantive Plans for All People with Disabilities.” Here is an excerpt:
Ever since Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, there has been a great deal of talk about “special needs” children but little about the issues that concern the 54 million Americans with disabilities of all ages. Pollsters and pundits almost completely ignore the tens of millions of voters in the disability rights constituency—adults with disabilities, family members, and many professionals—but they will play a much larger role in this election than most observers recognize. That makes understanding their issues important.
Palin’s promise to be a “friend and advocate” for the families of children with disabilities has some parents understandably excited. In August, University of North Carolina researchers reported “chilling” rates of “hardship” among both middle class and poor families with disabled children as they struggle “to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and to pay for needed health and dental care.” Large numbers of adults with disabilities face the same hardships.
Read the entire article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-k-longmore/palin-talks-about-special_b_131758.html