Inclusion for People who Experience Disabilities

Senator Hassan first got involved in public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son, Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities. Her advocacy on behalf of people who experience disabilities has informed her work in public service ever since.  

The Senator continues to fight to ensure that individuals who experience disabilities receive the support they need to be fully included in our society, including at home, in school, and at work. 

She will always stand up against any attempt to undermine the right of students with disabilities to have access to a free and appropriate education, as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). She is fighting against attempts to undermine the traditional Medicaid program, which would be particularly devastating to efforts to help people who experience disabilities stay in their homes and fully participate in their communities. She is also committed to protecting and enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.

Senator Hassan has been clear that while we know that the work of inclusion is not always easy, we also know that when we fully include more people in our society and economy, our entire nation grows stronger.

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