By: Elena Grace Flores
Hillary Clinton’s concern now is about policy. Hopefully, there will be less ofTrump. She immediately starts with that and ignores Trump.
Clinton strongly explains her agenda of giving people with disabilities an equal chance at success. She made it clear that the opportunity for the disabled is a vital aspect of her presidency.
The speech is in contrast with Trump
She has the chance to criticize Trump who mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, in the past. His arthrogryposis impairs the movements in his arms. But Clinton chose to ignore Trump’s deed and continued her 30-minute speech.
It was Clinton’s fourth in a series of addresses where she attempts to talk more about her values and proposals. Hardly not mentioning Trump.
Clinton’s past “Stronger Together” speeches on faith, community service and children and families have been far more focused on Trump. The latest speech lived up to what Clinton’s aides had hoped the series of speeches would be: More policy than politics.
Clinton said people with disabilities are “invisible, overlooked and undervalued” The United States is “falling short” in protecting their rights.
Face problems and do Better
for everyone’s sake,” Clinton said. “Because this really does go to the heart of who we are as Americans.”
Clinton added that as president, she would do away with the subminimum wage. She will urge Congress to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Then launch a program to help with autism in the workplace.
No Isolation for the Disabled
“People with disabilities shouldn’t be isolated. They should be given the chance to work with everyone else. And we’re going to eliminate the subminimum wage, which is a vestige from an ugly, ignorant past,” Clinton said. She refers to laws that allow employers to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage. Some advocates for the disabled, however, have feared that the elimination of the subminimum wage would diminish hiring of disabled workers.
Speech Attracts Supporters
Jennifer Mizrahi, the president of Respect Ability, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities, said the speech was the first time a presidential candidate has dedicated an entire campaign event to the disabled.
Poorest of the Poor
People with disabilities are usually the “poorest of the poor,” Mizrahi said, noting that around 400,000 disabled people work in “sheltered work shops where they can pay subminimum wages, as little as 20 cents an hour.”
The activist also suggested the Clinton’s struggles would be helped by focusing on people with disabilities.
“We span every demographic,” she said. “A lot of white people with disabilities.”
Clinton Strong with the Latino-Americans
Clinton is beating Trump with Latino and African-American voters, but lagging behind the Republicans with white voters, especially those without a college degree.