Target: Mr. Reince Priebus, Trump administration’s Chief of Staff.
Goal: Reinstate the Disabilities section back to the White House official website.
Information about disabilities and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) has been deleted from the White House website. A few hours after President Trump’s inauguration, his staff wiped off the issues page of the official website, expressing that differently abled people are not a priority in the new administration. The move is a symptom of attacks on civil rights for which the disability community have been fighting for decades.
The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau reports that nearly 1 in 5 people have a disability in the United States. That is about 20 percent of the population living with difficulty hearing, seeing or walking, with severe or frequent depression or anxiety, with Alzheimer’s disease, senility or dementia, among other hardships. People with disabilities experience higher unemployment rates and, therefore, greater likelihood of experiencing persistent poverty. Furthermore, they face prejudice, discrimination, bullying, and discouragement on a regular basis.
Discussions about disability rights issues have gained more attention in the last decades, and the community has done a great job showing the role people with disabilities can play in an inclusive society. Nevertheless, the new administration seems to be unaware of that. During the campaign trail, now President Trump mocked a reporter’s physical appearance and mannerism, in one of the most infamous incidents in our recent political history. The new administration has had enough time to adapt the new website and make all the necessary technical adjustments. Sign the petition below to say that it is time to express commitment to securing the civil rights of people with disabilities and the improvement of their lives.
Dear Mr. Priebus,
People with disabilities make up around 20 percent of the American population. This segment is extremely vulnerable to higher unemployment and poverty rates along with lasting discrimination. Yet, the Trump administration has not demonstrated any concern for the well-being of differently abled people. For weeks, information regarding this population has been absent from the White House official website, in disregard to those who have been fighting for their civil rights for decades.
I acknowledge that a new administration needs time to organize the implementation of its goals and its online exposure and communication. Nevertheless, there has been enough time for any adjustment and adaptation. Rather than a simple tool, the official website is a portrait of the government’s priorities and approach. It has a huge impact when it comes to education and culture change, which are both critical to the disabiled community.
I urge you to bring the well-being of people with disabilities back to the national agenda and restore the public information on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to the White House website immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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