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People with Disabilities Sidelined in American Politics
September 10, 2012
Source: Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
According to the study, people with disabilities have a lower turnout to the polls, with an overall gap of 11 percent in 2008. Access barriers at voting sites, reduced mobility, and transportation difficulties are associated with lower turnout, even with the availability of absentee ballots. People with disabilities remain largely sidelined in American politics, according to a new study published in Social Science Quarterly. The research article, “Sidelined or Mainstreamed? Political Participation and Attitudes of People with Disabilities in the United States,” is authored by Lisa Schur, Rutgers University associate professor, and Meera Adya, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University director of research.
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