Just reading an article that tells me that, in the United States, the disability vote has risen to by 20% since 2008 and that outstrips the mere 12% growth in non-disabled voters. If organized properly and if seen as a voting block, the disability community could hold the key to many states and districts, and potentially, the election at large.
I found this interesting because, as I follow politics, during the United States election seasons, primaries included, I heard precious little in the way of discourse on issues that are specific to those of us with disabilities. Don't even suggest that most issues are of interest to people with disabilities because of course, I know they are but there are issues that speak directly to the disability community that benefits others as well.
But, I'd had to go looking for candidates' positions on disability issues. I had to double-check to see if there were any staff of any politician in the primaries that were prominent in their policymaking and visible in their presence. There were probably more but the one who had the highest-profile was a woman who was a wheelchair user who worked with the Buttigieg campaign.
In the future politicians need to be wary of ignoring a sizeable percentage of the population. We are growing not only in numbers but in awareness. As people shed shame and the obligation of gratitude, they become aware of something more powerful than even pride - rights.
Last mayoral election there were all candidates' meetings set up around disability issues. I attended those and found sizable audiences and a crowd that, to a one, had found their voice. A couple of politicians looked shocked like they thought we were a photo op, not a voting block.
Should we continue to find our place in the political discussions in the future, there's no telling, as we are a minority group that includes all minority groups, what we can bring to the table.