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Nationwide Poll of People with Disabilities, Family Members, Close Friends, Professionals, and Volunteers in the Disability Community

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Who We Polled
• Survey fielded online November 6-December 2, 2013 • Survey was shared via email lists of RespectAbility and numerous other organizations in the disability community and on social media • 3839 Respondents of which 1969 are people with disabilities. Unweighted data. *Note- This sample includes the activist PWD community and reflects more women,
more Democrats, and a more highly educated audience than one might expect within the disability community. Phone survey options and assistance were made available to respondents although due to the nature of the online survey instrument the sample likely underreports people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities among others.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Nearly Three-Quarters of PWDs Want Jobs and Independence Over Benefits
Which is more important to you?

I REALLY DON'T KNOW

15% 12%

CLOSE FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS

F/F/P/V

PWD THAT THERE IS A GOVERNMENT SAFETY NET OF BENEFITS SO THAT I/THEY WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF 29% 7%

THAT I/THEY HAVE A JOB AND AM INDEPENDENT

57% 71%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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No Partisan Split: Dems and Reps Want Jobs
Which is more important to you?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Same Holds True With F/F/P/V
Which is more important to you?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Slightly Less as PWDs Age
Which is more important to you?

18-29
That I have a job and am independent That there is a government safety net of benefits so that I will be taken care of I really don’t know 77% 12%

30-49
76% 13%

50-64
66% 21%

65+
68% 22%

11%

11%

13%

10%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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More Than 3/4 of PWD Say Job is Important to Happiness
How important is having a job to you/your friend/family member’s happiness?

Extremely Important Somewhat Important Neutral Not Very Important Not Important At All

PWD 58% 27% 10% 2% 3%

F/F/P/V 55% 22% 14% 3% 6%

No partisan split for PWDs-- more than 84% of Democrats, Independents and Republicans say having a job is important to their happiness.
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Less Than 1/3 of Disability Community Thinks There is an Expectation That They Should Work
Do you think society expects people with disabilities to work?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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2012 Vote

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Even With High Voting Rates Among PWDs, Nearly 40% of Those Who Didn’t Vote Faced Disability Related Barriers
Did barriers related to your disability including transportation or accessibility prevent you from voting?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Nearly 9 out of 10 Want Candidates to Take a Stand
I know the election isn't for a while. However, how much more or less likely would you to be to vote for a candidate for public office if they have a written policy statement on their website on specifically what they will do to improve opportunities for people with disabilities?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Nearly Unanimous Candidate Record Matters
How much more or less likely are you to vote for a candidate for public office if they have a strong record on improving opportunities for people with disabilities?

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7 out of 10 of Disability Community Want to Buy Products and Work at Inclusive Places
Please rank each on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being does not impact your behavior at all and 10 being completely impacts behavior. How much does an employer’s reputation for hiring people with disabilities affect your …

Desire to purchase or recommend their products/services? Desire to work there?

1-3 4-6 12% 18%

7-10 70%

12% 17%

71%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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PWDs give Pres, Congress, Governors Failing Grades
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least and 10 being the most, please rate each of the following in how much you trust them to do the right thing to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities?

1-3
PRESIDENT OBAMA CONGRESS YOUR GOVERNOR CORPORATIONS SCHOOLS

4-6 31% 31% 34% 42% 31%

7-10 36% 11% 22% 17% 34%

34% 58% 44% 41% 25%

YOUR CHURCH OR OTHER PLACE OF WORSHIP
YOUR FAMILY FEDERAL AGENCIES NON PROFIT ADVOCACY ORGS

28%
11% 31% 7%

34%
23% 39% 22%

37%
66% 30% 72%

GOVERNMENT JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAMS LIKE VOCREHAB OR TICKET TO WORK

22%

32%

46%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Partisan Split on Obama NOT Congress
1-3
PRESIDENT OBAMA Democrats Independents Republicans CONGRESS Democrats Independents

4-6
31% 32% 34% 18% 31% 33% 27%

7-10
36% 53% 26% 7% 11% 13% 11%

34% 16% 40% 76% 58% 56% 62%

Republicans

59%

32%

9%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Dems Have More Trust in Federal Agencies

FEDERAL AGENCIES
Democrats Independents Republicans

1-3
23% 34% 44%

4-6
42% 40% 35%

7-10
35% 27% 22%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as a …?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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AGE

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Education Level
Some/All High School Some College/Assoc Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Degree + PWD 9% 31% 31% 30% F/F/P/V 4% 21% 31% 44%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Personal Annual Income
Under $30,000 $30,000 - 49,000 $50,000-74,999 $75,000 + I Prefer Not to Answer PWD 47% 18% 11% 11% 14% F/F/P/V 16% 24% 20% 20% 20%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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What is your gender?
FEMALE MALE TRANSGENDER WOMAN/MTF TRANSGENDER MAN/FTM GENDERQUEER/GENDER NONCONFORMING 73% 26% 1%

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What type of disability do you/they have?
PWD Autism/Spectrum Disorder 7% Learning Disability Developmental Disability Cognitive Disability Intellectual Disability Speech or Language Impediment 10% 6% 4% 1% 4% F/F/P/ V 33% 23% 33% 21% 26% 22% Hearing Loss Deafness Visual Impairment Deaf - Blindness Traumatic Brain Injury PW D Orthopedic Impairment 21% 9% 3% 18% 1% 5% F/F/P/V 11% 7% 4% 12% 3% 7%

Mental Health
Multiple Disabilities Other Health Impairment

19%
17% 10%

20%
20% 12%

Neuromuscular Disability
Imuno-Deficiency Disorder Other Physical Disability

10%
5% 22%

10%
3% 15%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Special Thank You To:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Bridges to Work AAPD CCD NDLA NCIL, National Council on Independent Living Best Buddies Autism Society of America National Federation of the Blind USBLN ASAN Delaware Leadership Group- Steve Eidelman NACDD- National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Neil Romano Scott Badesch Rev. William Gaventa Linda Burger Kessler Foundation Becky Oggle Andrew Imparato Lisa Derx Kevin Webb Stan Goldman Jay Ruderman Jonathan Horowitz Ruthie Rotenberg

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And to Our Board of Directors and Board of Advisors
Board of Directors Donn Weinberg, Chairman Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder and President Doc Sweitzer Shelley Cohen Louis Zweig Board of Advisors Kelly Buckland Steven Eidelman Donna Meltzer Steven Tingus Mark Johnson
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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi - CEO & President
Mizrahi is the President of RespectAbilityUSA.org, a non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to empowering people with disabilities (PwDs) to achieve the American dream. A seasoned political & strategic communications consultant, during the Clinton Administration she was an official spokesperson of the Democratic party. On 9/11 she became “post-partisan” and then spent a decade working on issues of terrorism and peace. Now she is a full time advocate for people with disabilities (PwDs) and has met with 16 governors 1-1 to work on issues of employment for PwDs. Mizrahi is dyslexic and could not really read or write until she was 12 years of age. She is also a proud parent who knows what it means to raise a child with multiple disabilities.

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Meagan Buren - Vice President of Research and Communications
Buren is a public opinion research expert with a strong background in focus groups, dials tests, polling, media relations and in leading communications and training programs. Previously she served as senior project director for Luntz Global, a leader in corporate, political and nonprofit message creation and image management worldwide. Prior to that, Buren worked with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at The Israel Project (TIP). The two worked side by side for eight years. At TIP, Buren managed focus groups, polling, dial testing, grassroots and educational training, and media outreach in the U.S., Europe, Russia and the Arab world. Buren holds a master’s degree in communications, culture and technology from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

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For More Information Contact RespectAbilityUSA.org
Meagan Buren, Pollster Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President RespectAbilityUSA, a Project of the Autism Society 4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20814

www.RespectAbilityUSA.org Cell: (202) 365 – 0787 JenniferM@RespectAbilityUSA.org
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