Often, the disability community is not among the top groups that come to mind during community outreach efforts. But maybe it should be. People with disabilities make up 20% of the population in the U.S. in Iowa alone there are more than 300,000 people with disabilities.
The disability community is often civically engaged because many prominent political issues directly impact their lives. Medicaid, social security, work requirements, housing, job security, transportation, infrastructure, and more all have direct effects on people with disabilities. What affects people with disabilities also impacts their families, caregivers, teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and communities. When you add those people to the disability voter bloc, it becomes even larger.
A Time article shares the upswing in disability voter turnout in the 2018 election. An 8.5 percent surge in a non-presidential election is something campaigns need to pay attention to. In addition, as the article states, the disability community votes on both sides of the aisle, so all campaigns can benefit from involvement in disability issues.