disability rights


America has 56 million people living with disabilities. People with disabilities (PwDs) and their families face discrimination and challenges in the areas of housing, transportation, and joblessness. One of Foster Campbell’s biggest role models growing up was his uncle, a man who lived with a disability. He inspired Foster’s long record of fighting for PwDs and their families. Now Foster has some big goals to make government work for all our people, regardless of disability status, because he believes disability rights are human rights.

In the U.S. Senate, Foster will fight to:

Remove barriers to equality, independence and employment for PwDs

  • Support policies that promote independence of PwDs and expand employment opportunities in the recently passed Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA)
  • Insist on age appropriate settings for community based supports that value unique abilities of all our citizens
  • Support changes to the ACA that accommodate all families struggling to access healthcare options for PwDs, including families affected by autism
  • Increase tax credits for those who employ veterans with disabilities and improve discrimination protections for veterans and military families set out in the Uniformed Services Reemployment and Readjustment Act (USERRA) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

Level the playing field with early, inclusive, and fully funded measures to help students with disabilities succeed

  • Work towards the authorized Federal maximum funding of 40 percent of the average per-pupil public expenditure for students with disabilities
  • Establish universal preschool, which can help provide early and much needed support for students with disabilities who currently go without
  • Provide transitions from graduation to employment that assist students with disabilities that age out of school based services
  • Stand up for enforcement of student rights under IDEA to make sure victims of bullying are not removed from inclusive settings, and to eradicate the use of physical restraints in public schools (these policies should be written into every IEP)