Read Joe Biden’s plan to support people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic at //joebiden.com/covid19-disabilities/.
Joe Biden believes that everyone should be treated with dignity and have a fair shot at getting ahead. This year, on July 26, we will mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Thanks to the leadership of people with disabilities, disability advocates, and their allies, we have made progress towards the goals of this law—“equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency” for people with disabilities. But, there is much more work to do in order to ensure that all people with disabilities are able to participate fully in our communities and enjoy the same kinds of choices and opportunities that many Americans take for granted.
At the beginning of the Obama-Biden Administration, our country faced a significant economic downturn, and President Obama tapped Vice President Biden to implement a stimulus package to improve our economy and the financial well-being of millions of Americans. Today, our country is once again facing enormous economic challenges, brought on by the pandemic and the impact it is having on businesses and workers across the globe. As President, Biden will lead an effort to rebuild our economy. He will build an economy that is more inclusive, more just, and more accessible for millions of Americans with disabilities and their families.
Biden will work with the disability community to build a stronger, more expansive middle class so that everyone—regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability—can find a place. That means amending our laws, policies, and culture to ensure full inclusion of the 61 million individuals with disabilities in the United States in all parts of our society. Biden will prioritize enacting and implementing policies that break down the barriers to access for people with disabilities living and succeeding in their chosen communities, which means good jobs in competitive, integrated employment; affordable, accessible, and integrated housing; accessible and affordable transportation; inclusive voting processes; and any needed long-term services and supports.
President Trump and Republicans in Congress have attempted to repeal Obamacare, the landmark law that protected health care coverage for 100 million Americans with preexisting conditions, including people with disabilities; to undermine the ADA, including by making it harder for people with disabilities to file claims; and to fundamentally restructure the Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income programs which directly benefit people with disabilities. As President, Biden will reverse the damage done by Trump’s presidency, fight efforts to weaken the civil rights of all Americans, and work diligently with Congress and the disability community to expand access to needed services.
Biden recognizes that we need to view all policies—ranging from climate change and the economy to education and housing—through an inclusive lens. He will ensure people with disabilities have a voice in their government and are included in policy development and implementation.
To accomplish these goals, as President, Biden will:
- Ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in policy development and aggressively enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities.
- Guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care, including mental health care, and expand access to home and community-based services and long-term services and supports in the most integrated setting appropriate to each person’s needs and based on self-determination.
- Expand competitive, integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Protect and strengthen economic security for people with disabilities.
- Ensure that students with disabilities have access to educational programs and support they need to succeed, from early interventions to post-secondary education.
- Expand access to accessible, integrated, and affordable housing, transportation, and assistive technologies and protect people with disabilities in emergencies.
- Advance global disability rights.