On Tuesday afternoon, Members Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus, elected leaders and candidates for officer held a press conference at City Hall. To call attention to the needs of the disabled community on the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“We call on our community to get out and vote.” said Disability Caucus Chair Tiffany Namey “Find and support candidates who offer real and immediate, physical and mental health care solutions for all residents.”
The group is calling for ADA compliance on all county sidewalks, street lights, crosswalks, and service counters. Supporters are also calling for the expansion of medicaid by the state legislature to meet the needs of uninsured disabled citizens who may currently lack access to care.
Orlando District 5 City Commissioner Regina Hill worked with the caucus to organize the press conference and promote it’s message calling for residents to forward possible improvements to current conditions to her office. Hill also pushed for expansion of healthcare “I stand with the initiatives to have the citizens of Orlando have a better quality of life.”
According to the caucus over 2.5 million disabled Floridians reside in the state and consist of Florida’s largest minority voting bloc.
Lawmakers and participants at the press conference included Hill, State Senator Darren Soto, Orange County Commission District 1 Candidate Nurren Haider, Orange County Commission District 3 Candidate Bill Moore, Orange County Commission District 5 Candidates, Emily Bonilla and Gregory Eisenberg, and State Senate District 11 Candidate Chuck O’Neal.
“This deals with equality.” said O’Neal “Disabled does not mean incapable. We need to recognize that everyone deserves the opportunity of having access and everyone deserves to be treated fairly. We can do better.”