Bob Dole 1996 On the Issues
Where Bob Dole Stands on Disabilities
Bob Dole Has Been America's Foremost Advocate for the Disabled
Bob Dole spent over 39 months recovering from massive injuries that he received while leading a platoon of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II. As a result of those injuries, Bob Dole has limited use of his right arm -- which is why he often carries a pen -- letting folks know that his arm is 'in use.'
From the moment he was injured, Bob Dole has fought for the rights of the disabled. In his first speech on the Senate floor, Dole spoke of his vision for people with disabilities - of independence, dignity and inclusion - and of his own membership in the disabled community. In that speech, he said:
"Mr. President, my remarks today concern an exceptional group which I joined on another April 14 - 24 years ago, during World War II. It is a minority group whose existence effects every person in our society and the very fiber of our nation . . . As a minority, it has always known exclusion - maybe not exclusion from the front of the bus, but perhaps from even climbing aboard it; maybe not exclusion from pursuing advanced education, but perhaps from experiencing any formal education; maybe not exclusion from day-to-day life itself, but perhaps from an adequate opportunity to develop and contribute to his or her fullest capacity."
Creating Opportunity for the Disabled in
Education, Employment and Housing
Bob Dole Will Continue to Ensure That All Americans Are Treated Equally
Bob Dole will build on his record in the Senate to ensure that all minority groups enjoy all the rights guaranteed to all American citizens. As President he will:
Ensure that the Americans with Disabilities Act is enforced.
End the bias in the Medicaid program against home- and community-based services.
Push for greater school choice for students with disabilities.
Convene a White House Conference on employment of people with disabilities.
Create a special Presidential award to recognize those employees and programs that are succeeding in employing people with disabilities.
Help people with disabilities afford high quality health care.
Look into new solutions to
solve the problem of poverty among people with disabilities.
Source:Bob Dole 1996 Official Campaign Web Site
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