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This is an excellent plan, and I'm honored to have worked with a fantastic group of disability activists to consult on its development. A few highlights amidst its many details:

While the SSI program was designed to protect seniors and people with disabilities from poverty, benefit levels have long been abysmally low. @ewarren promises to fight to raise SSI benefits to the Federal Poverty Level- that's a very big deal.
@ewarren SSI has also long been subject to draconian asset and income restrictions. This plan proposes to eliminate the SSI asset test and significantly raise the amount disabled people on both SSI and SSDI can earn without losing benefits. #CripTheVote
@ewarren These may seem like technical changes, but they put money into people's pockets. @mattbc (who also worked on the plan) has some further details in this great thread: #CripTheVote
@ewarren @mattbc @ewarren also proposes to designate people with disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population - that's something within the President's power without Congress, and a priority for disability activists for a long time. #CripTheVote. Finally, we will support today’s health care workforce and build a pipeline for the future. I’ll expand the Medically Underserved Population (MUP) designation to include people with disabilities, which will increase access to primary health service providers.  My plan to empower workers will support better working conditions for those who care for people with disabilities, including guaranteeing that home health work
@ewarren @mattbc For context on the MUP issue, ASAN issued a policy brief on the topic in 2014 - it's a very longstanding issue. The designation would increase the number of doctors and other medical resources serving our community. autisticadvocacy.org/2014/04/the-ca… #CripTheVote
@ewarren @mattbc One of the things I find particularly notable about the criminal justice and housing components of this plan is their reference to the inclusion of disability in broader general policy.
@ewarren @mattbc For example, establishing a federal standard for use of force by law enforcement and working to stop the criminalization of homelessness are both broader policy issues - that have a particular impact on PWD. It's exciting to see them brought up in this context. #CripTheVote Establish a federal standard on use-of-force and increase funding for training. A federal standard for law enforcement use of force that incorporates proven approaches and strategies like de-escalation can help protect individuals with disabilities. I’ll provide tools and resources to ensure that best practices on law enforcement training are available across America, giving local police what they need to meet federa
@ewarren @mattbc I also think it's notable that @ewarren also views cameras in special education classrooms as a concerning privacy violation, as many activists do, rather than a safety measure. #CripTheVote My Office for Civil Rights will also assess emerging risks to students, like the potential privacy violations and disparate impacts related to surveillance practices. Practices like the massive database of student characteristics proposed in Florida, or the classroom video cameras installed in Texas, put students with disabilities at risk for both privacy violations and disproportionate identification for discipline.
@ewarren @mattbc On education, I would highlight the commitment to implement the disproportionality regulations. These rules, first issued by the Obama Administration, have been delayed by Trump and DeVos - they would help make big strides on racial justice in special education. #CripTheVote My plan extends other critical protections for students with disabilities. I will implement Department of Education regulations to ensure that students of color with disabilities are treated fairly when it comes to identification, classroom placement, services and accommodations, and discipline. I’ll also ensure that appropriate services are available to English Language Learners and immigrant students with disabilit
@ewarren @mattbc There's much more in the plan itself - I encourage you to take a look. And I'm looking forward to seeing both @ewarren and other candidates talk about disability policy over the course of this campaign.
@ewarren @mattbc These issues aren't new and they're not limited to a particular silo. They need to be part of a broader vision for America.
@ewarren @mattbc The work to make sure that shows up in the debates, the campaign trail and elsewhere is still ongoing.
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