The most powerful advocacy tool you own is the right to vote.

There are approximately 35 million voting-age people with disabilities and only 15.6 million people with disabilities reported voting in the November 2012 elections. That means nearly 20 million people with disabilities did not vote, and we are working to change that.

Thanks to a grant from ACCES-VR, the New York Disability Vote Network (NYDVN) was established by the Center for Disability Rights in the summer of 2013. The nonpartisan statewide voting initiative is geared towards people with disabilities in the state of New York. There are four parts that make up the NYDVN:

- The steering committee
- Partner organizations
- Voters with disabilities
- Allies/volunteers

Together, we work to build, solidify, and unify a large disability voting bloc in New York. We do this by growing and maintaining a database of voters with disabilities and informing them of important voting information. We also connect with dedicated, like-minded organizations and share resources.

Join the NYDVN today: http://www.nydvn.org/join.

Not a person with disabilities? That’s fine. You can join as an ally!

Know people with disabilities residing in New York? Encourage them to join.

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Questions? Please email jthurber@cdrnys.org.

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