Click the link below to download a PDF with information about how to vote in the 2020 election.
Please click on the link below to download the Joint Statement Regarding Idaho Election Accessibility Concerns.
Patients with disabilities who need a support person for disability related needs should be able to access this support while in the hospital. If you have problems with your support person being allowed into the hospital with you because of COVID-19 visitor limitations, please contact us.
Office of Civil Rights resolves complaints to allow patients with disabilities reasonable access to support persons in hospitals: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/06/09/ocr-resolves-complaints-after-state-connecticut-private-hospital-safeguard-rights-persons.html
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid guidance regarding hospital visitation limits: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-hospital-visitation-phase-ii-visitation-covid-negative-patients.pdf
Letter to Governor Little concerning medical rationing standards in Idaho.
DRI is going to be participating in a live discussion with IPUL and the State Department of Education regarding returning to school in the fall of 2020 on July 15, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:15pm MST. Parents and families of students receiving special education and related services are encouraged to attend! Visit IPUL website here: https://ipulidaho.org/news-
Every five years the Council seeks for your ideas to decide what work we
will do to improve the lives of those with intellectual/developmental
disabilities and their families.
Your ideas will help guide our work to support people with I/DD to be included and meaningfully participate in all aspects of life.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
The survey is anonymous and is available online in English and Spanish until June 30, 2020. This survey will take about 20 minutes.
English survey: https://bit.ly/5YR-EN
Spanish survey: https://bit.ly/5YR-ES
If you need help with the survey, or would like a paper copy of the survey,
call 208-334-2178, or email email@example.com.
Are you an adult with an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD), or a
parent/family member of a person with I/DD?
We want to hear from you!
The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities wants to hear about
your experiences accessing the services and supports you need to live the
life you choose.
The Council is hosting webinars on the topics of: Abuse, Direct Support Staff, and Leadership and Accessing Technology.
Date: June 19, 2020
Topic: Abuse – We want to learn and hear from you about
what information you need to understand signs of abuse, how
to report abuse, and how to protect yourself and others from
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm (Mountain)
Visit the Council’s website to take the full survey at icdd.idaho.gov
Every five years the Council seeks for your ideas to decide what
work we will do to improve the lives of those with
intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.
For Immediate Release
Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, American Council of the Blind
Courtney R. Holthus, Advocacy Director, DisAbility Rights Idaho
(208) 336-5353, ext. 119
ACB Urges Department of Justice to Ensure Right to Private, Independent Vote
“Individuals with disabilities have a right to full participation in voting, including absentee voting,” stated Eric Bridges, executive director of the American Council of the Blind. “Persons with disabilities have fought for decades for their right to vote privately and independently. Now, especially in light of COVID- 19, such persons are fighting for their right to vote via absentee ballot.”
On May 15, 2020, ACB filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Disability Rights Section, to emphasize the inaccessibility of absentee voting for persons who are blind and visually impaired in the state of Idaho during the 2020 primary election. The complaint provided personal declarations of Idaho residents who, as it stands now, cannot vote privately and independently in their home state via absentee ballot. This submission was a supplemental complaint to one filed by Disability Rights Idaho (DRI) on April 23, 2020. The complaint filed by DRI stressed concerns about the lack of information being provided for voters with disabilities, including elderly individuals with disabilities, regarding accessibility options so that voters can maintain their right to vote independently during the May 19, 2020 primary election.
“DRIP remains concerned that voters with disabilities across the state of Idaho may become disenfranchised by the lack of uniformity and specificity that is being offered when it comes to providing accommodations to voters with disabilities,” said Courtney Holthus, Advocacy Director with DRI. “Voters with disabilities have the right to request modifications to the voting process. They have a right to equally effective communication, including the provision of ballots in alternative formats. Those rights are not waived or eliminated by the COVID-19 crisis.”
ACB urges the DOJ to ensure the right to a private and independent vote in Idaho for all future elections. Both organizations are confident that these complaints with the Department will yield positive findings that will impact voting accessibility nationwide.