Presidential Candidates to Send Reps to Disability Forum

Forum set for Friday in Columbus Ohio

The Republican and Democratic presidential camps have chosen representatives to attend the National Forum on Disability Issues on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., will speak on behalf of their respective parties.

The nonpartisan event will allow President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to explain their positions on disability issues. In addition. candidates from both parties for the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican nominee Josh Mandel, were invited. Rep. Nancy Garland has confirmed her attendance to represent Brown.

Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and former CNN White House correspondent, anchor and Washington bureau chief, is moderating the forum.

Each representative will receive 30 minutes to speak—10 minutes to present the party’s vision on disability policy and 20 minutes to respond to questions from the moderator. The questions were generated by the disability community and include topics such as employment, health care, long-term community-based services and supports, education, transportation, housing and research.

Five-hundred Americans with disabilities are attending the forum, and more than 2,000 have registered for the live webcast. To register for the webcast, click here.