Reflect: Key Groups, Connections and Discussion Questions

This page is about reflection. You’ll find a list of some of the key people and organizations relevant to this section. You’ll also find a section called intersectionality to encourage thinking about how different issues are connected, and discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking. Take some time to answer the questions, look these people up and learn more about their stories.

The content on this site is not complete: there are countless numbers of people and so many stories — from small acts of defiance to major leadership positions — that didn’t get recorded or that don’t often make it into textbooks.

This website is meant to be grown and improved upon. We’ve included some of the heroes, but if you know people we are missing, let us know so we can include their stories too.

American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities was founded in 1995 in part to advocate for the enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They offer research and resources on voting with a disability as part of their work.

Intersectionality

Many of the politicians with disabilities on the federal level became physically disabled during military service during a war, including Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois senator who is a double amputee from injuries she received during the Iraq War.

What links can you find between veterans and people with disabilities? Why might veterans be the most common people with disabilities in office?

People with disabilities often face direct challenges when they go to a polling place to vote. Think about the barriers that might come up for them and how those barriers are similar to or different from the barriers that affect other communities today.

Discussion Questions: 
Why might people with different disabilities vote at different rates than other groups?
How is this different from other historically oppressed groups? Why?
How might different technologies allow people with disabilities greater access to polls?
Why might these technologies still not increase voter turnout among people with disabilities?