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Government & Advocacy

  • September 28 - The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act is passed. It "requires polling places across the United States to be physically accessible to people with disabilities for federal elections. Where no accessible location is available to serve as a polling place, a political subdivision must provide an alternate means of casting a ballot on the day of the election." [2] This law also requires states to make registration and voting aids available for disabled and elderly voters (e.g., TDDs / TTYs, instructions in large type). [3]




  1. "SMITH V. ROBINSON, 468 U. S. 992 (1984)." 1984. Justia & Oyez & Forms WorkFlow. Accessed on May 22, 2008.
  3. *A Guide to Disability Rights Laws U.S. Department of Justice. September, 2005. Accessed on February 1, 2008.
  4. "The Federal Laws Governing Education for Exceptional Students." 2007. James J. Messina, Ph.D. & Constance Messina, Ph.D. Accessed on May 22, 2008.
  5. Cochlear Implant Timeline. Deafness Research Foundation. 2008. Accessed on February 7, 2008.