But the IWRC* Palin hasn’t backed it up with any substantive proposals. Ben Adler takes a look:
But what does that really mean? Advocates for people with disabilities can point to plenty of areas where they see a need for greater government support: healthcare, special education, protection from discrimination in the workplace. But Palin has neither championed these issues in the past nor made specific pledges to address them now.
Update: Ooops. Hadn’t realized that I posted this without a title header.
Jim Dickson, vice-president for government affairs of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), says he has “mixed feelings”, about Palin’s highlighting of disability issues in her convention speech. “I was very moved by what she said,” said Dickson. “But Trig is only four months old. She doesn’t know what she’s in for. She has no prior record in terms of her mayor’s role or governor’s role on disability issues. Nothing stands out.”
For instance, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal law that mandates equal educational opportunity for children with disabilities, has been consistently under-funded since its passage in 1975, according to education experts. But the McCain campaign does not propose any increase in overall federal education funding. And his bullet point plan makes no mention of special education. Obama calls for fully funding IDEA as part of his disabilityplanfactsheet.pdf (pdf).
* In What Respect Charlie?