Decision Maker Response

Center for American Progress’s response

Center for American Progress

Nov 24, 2015 — Good afternoon all. My name is Daniella Gibbs Leger, and I am the Senior Vice President for Communications at the Center for American Progress. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to sign and comment on this petition. It couldn’t be more timely, because several of my colleagues, along with CAP leadership, have been talking about this very issue.

We couldn’t agree more that disability-related issues and policies need to have much more visibility overall, and also at CAP. To that end we’ve been building out our research and advocacy in this space, and intentionally integrating disability as a lens across the issues that we work on.

For example, earlier this year we released A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities, a report that explored disability as a cause and consequence of poverty, and laid out a policy agenda to remove barriers to employment and economic security for workers with disabilities. Various policy teams at CAP have also done extensive work to protect and strengthen vital income security programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income—as well as to push for Medicaid expansion and other health policy changes. (All of these reports live on our website)

To show that this issue and population are priorities for us and to make our work in this space easier to find on our website, we’re in the process of adding a new issue tag to americanprogress.org that would direct people to our policy products that include disability-related issues. This would be similar to the tags we have for women, LGBT people, and other populations and issues.

Thanks again for your attention to this issue, and we look forward to continuing our very important work in this space.

All the best,
Daniella