Every person has inherent value and deserves a life of dignity and independence.
Twenty-nine years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the fight isn’t over for civil rights, equal opportunity and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities.
In Congress, Julie is committed to listening to and continuing to learn from the disability community as we continue to build on the legacy of the ADA -- to ensure the nearly 3 million Texans with disabilities, including mental health disabilities, have equal opportunity to participate in our communities, have a high quality of life, and to live with dignity and independence.
Americans with disabilities still face significant challenges in this country, in some of the most basic and fundamental ways, in a world that often overlooks them, does not take their basic needs into account, or places barriers -- physical, communication, and sensory -- in their way such that it prohibits full inclusion.
Further, the lack of affordable housing threatens the freedom, safety and well-being of every American, and for the disability community, institutionalization cannot be the only option when their access needs cannot be met due to widespread lack of affordable, integrated housing.
As part of her commitment to ensuring that every American has high-quality healthcare, Julie recognizes that the solution must be accessible, affordable, and responsive to the needs of everyone, include people with disabilities -- and that they must be able to control their own healthcare, make their own healthcare decisions, and have their rights protected.
In Congress, Julie is committed to:
- 1. Ensuring that all people with disabilities have access to competitive, integrated, meaningful employment.
- 2. Fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by passing the Full Funding for IDEA Act (HR 1878), so that students with disabilities can get the instruction they need to learn and contribute to their full potential.
- 3. Fighting for people with disabilities to live independent lives to their full potential, by investing in affordable housing.
- 4. Passing the Disability Integration Act (HR 555), to expand access to services in the home and in the community as an alternative to institutionalization, and enshrine the civil rights of the disability community -- to live, move, and participate in ways that support each individual’s dignity and freedom -- into law.
- 5. Passing the EMPOWER Act (HR 1342), which would help direct needed funding to serve more individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting (in the community), where they belong.
- 6. Passing Medicare for All with the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (HR 1384), which includes coverage for long-term home- and community-based care and nursing home care, as well as dental, vision, hearing, assistive mental, and reproductive health care, as well as prescriptions.
- 7. Repealing H.R. 620, which introduced substantial barriers to accommodations for people with disabilities and undermined their civil rights.
- 8. Supporting legislation to provide real-time public transportation options as well as massively expanding public transportation infrastructure as part of a Green New Deal, and enforcing nondiscrimination laws that protect people with disabilities at work.
- 9. Increasing the amount of safe, integrated, deeply affordable and accessible housing units for low-income people.
- 10. Working with the Department of Housing and Development to support fair access to housing for all Texans, including people with disabilities.
- 11. Ensuring that disaster recovery efforts are all accessible and inclusive, and that access, services, and supports are included as part of our disaster preparedness and response.