$13 Million to go to states for voting access
May 27, 2003 -- The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of $13 million in grants for states to improve access to voting for individuals with disabilities.
The grants are designed to enable state and local governments to make polling sites accessible and to provide "outreach and education" about the access. Funds can also be used, says HHS, "to train poll workers, elections officials and volunteers on methods to promote access and increase voter participation for individuals with disabilities."
The funds will be distributed in FY 2003 by HHS' Administration on Developmental Disabilities, part of the Administration for Children and Families. The program is authorized by the Help America Vote Act.More on the Help America Vote Act and access
Kay Schriner and Douglas Kruse have conducted a number of studies about voting access and persons with disabilities.
Kay Schriner, Ph.D., Department of Political Science
The Trace R&D Center was formed in 1971 to address the communication needs of people who are nonspeaking and have severe disabilities. Its director is Gregg Vanderheiden.
Trace Research and Development Center
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The Project on Disability Politics at the University of Arkansas looks at political participation of people with disabilities, voting rights laws affecting people with disabilities and disability in American campaigns and elections.