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Feature Issue on Political Activism and Voter Participation by Persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 17• Number 2• Summer/Fall 2004

From the Editors

An important part of being an American is participating in our political system. As Americans, we have the responsibility to help elect the kind of government leaders we want to have in our communities, states, and nation. We have the right to speak out on issues that are important to us and to let our leaders know our views. And we have the privilege of influencing the making of laws and policies that affect our lives.

This issue of Impact is for individuals with disabilities and those close to them who would like to be more involved in the American political system. It has information about how to vote, who can vote, and ways to change voting laws that limit the opportunity for people with disabilities to vote.  It gives tips for talking with elected officials about issues, and about getting educated about issues and candidates. It tells the stories of individuals with disabilities who have run for office, volunteered to work on political campaigns, and worked with others to change laws and policies that affect their lives. And it describes ways in which people have protested policies and laws through direct action.

We hope that readers of this issue will find at least one new way to make their views known to our country’s leaders, and to exercise their power as Americans to shape our country.

What's Inside

Overview Articles

My Vote

Eight Ways to Be Involved in Politics

Voting Our Values

Voting Your Values (sidebar)

Guardianship and Voting: Dealing with the Barriers

Exercising the Right to Vote

Do's and Don't's When Meeting With Elected Officials

Involving Youth with Disabilities in Politics

Civil Rights, Civil Protest, Civil Disobedience: Using Direct Action to Change Society

Program and Personal Profiles

Standing Up for Myself: Political Activism and Voting

Voting Rights: A Success Story From Idaho

Peder Johansen's Thoughts on the Idaho Voting Rights Campaign (sidebar)

Project VOTE!: Showing People the Importance of Voting

My Experience as a Campaign Volunteer

Perseverance and Politics: My Experience Running for Office

The Free Our People March

Resources

Resources on Voting and People with Disabilities

Finding Out About Voting in Your State

Resources for Political Activism by Persons with Disabilities

Resources for Youth Leadership and Political Involvement

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Laurie Powers Center on Self-Determination Oregon Health and Science University

Mary Hayden
Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota

Jerry Smith Research and Training Center on Community Living Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota

Chester Finn
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0579/01 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B031116 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.

For additional copies or information contact:

Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 612/624-4512 icipub@umn.edu

Impact is available in alternative formats upon request.

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Gaylord, V., Powers, L., Hayden, M., Smith, J., & Finn, C. (Eds.). (2004). Impact: Feature Issue on Political Activism and Voter Participation by Persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities 17(2). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/172/default.html.

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