People with Disabilities
Of the 61 million Americans living with a disability, 1.6 million live in Ohio and one of them is Savanna's little sister. People with disabilities deserve independence, empowerment, and inclusion in society to the full extent of their abilities. Access to all necessary resources, including healthcare, supported employment, habilitation, and supports are essential to ensure they can lead successful lives, and state and Federal programs form the bedrock of these services.
For families of people with disabilities, the need for universal healthcare cannot be overstated. Newborns will often need more doctor visits, hospitalizations, x-rays, lab tests, prescription drugs, medical equipment, and supplies. They will need all types of care, including health, dental, hearing, vision, physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Current medical costs to raise a child
with special needs can put a family into hundreds of thousands
of dollars of debt.
For all youth, quality education is vital leading an independent life and having greater opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Many state and federal programs enacted for this are underfunded and fail to keep pace with the needs of children with special needs. Teachers are not given the time or resources they need to effectively teach to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and spend priceless time preparing kids for standardized tests instead of real life skills.
People with disabilities and their families face a shortage of affordable housing. In 2020, rental housing was so expensive that it was virtually impossible for an adult receiving social security insurance to obtain decent and safe housing in the community without some type of rental assistance. People who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, also struggle to find appropriate housing with even basic accessibility features.
Savanna's sister Gabby and her boyfriend, who both have Down Syndrome
Savanna has been fighting for progress in the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) community for almost two decades, but the issues of housing, healthcare, and education that affect people with disabilities need to be addressed at a national level. Savanna intends to tackle these issues, as well as others that prevent people with disabilities from leading their fullest lives, including increased job training, workforce accessibility programs, and financial resources for better education and independent living.
Vote for Medicare for All and encourage fellow Congressmembers to do the same
Fight to stop Americans from being denied benefits or discriminated against due to their disability, including being organ recipients
Defend people with disabilities through legislature, advocacy, and support
Vote to continue funding programs like CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
Help create a pathways for people with disabilities to participate in our workforce and lead an independent life
Strengthen the state’s funding and resources for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) along with home and community-based service
As Your Congresswoman Savanna will:
About Savanna's Platform
"I am fighting for every American to have access to affordable, quality health care; to advance criminal justice reform; to demand equality for LGBTQ+ and Black communities; to support our aging population; to lower taxes for working families and small businesses; to raise taxes on the ultra-rich and large corporations; to accelerate pathways to citizenship for immigrants; to address our climate crisis; to bring new jobs and industries to the economy; to make affordable housing a right; to provide higher education to all; to give the public a louder voice than special interests."