Kyle Foster posted this on the Left-Libertarian Alliance page on Facebook, on June 30, 2013.
If the two major US parties including third parties actually cared about disabled people they would have a disability caucus. There needs to be real disability leadership in order for the disability community to have their voices heard. That leadership is the Disability Party. It was created by Andrew Straw who is Indiana/Illinois State Chair and USA/International Chair. I am the Michigan State Chair and want to spread the word. Below are links to the facebook pages of the Disability Party.
Earlier on the same page, Mr. Foster introduced himself:
Hi everyone I’m Kyle.I am 23, bisexual, single and living in Muskegon, Michigan in an independent living home. I’m in a power wheelchair and have what’s called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. When I was younger I may have went to church from time to time but never was forced to go and religion was in my household was rarely spoken of. When I was 19 I came to discover I am an atheist due to fact I believed more in science. Well other than my atheism, I am a disability rights activist and a supporter of the green party. I work at a shop called Kandu Inc. where they hire disabled people and teach them important job skills. Alongside work I serve on a few disability committees and I am involved with a disability community organizing group called Creating Doers. In my spare time I watch movies, write song lyrics, listen to music, travel, go to karaoke bars, go to concerts and take strolls in my power chair.
I did a Google search on the Disability Party, and found little besides the Facebook pages. I did, however find this on Ballotpedia:
The Disability Party exists in only one state, Indiana, as of March 8, 2013. The state chair, attorney and politician Andrew Straw, established the party with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office on February 5, 2013 and established Disability Party, Ltd., on February 6, 2013. In the course of 32 days, from February 5 to March 8, the Party’s Facebook page went from 0 to 527 fans. In comparison, the Indiana Green Party group has under 300 members, the Democrats’ page has about 3,300, the Libertarians about 4,500, and the Indiana Republican Party over 13,000.
Straw has said, “there is a reason this movement has to happen in Indiana first. Indiana was the first place in the world to pass a Eugenics Law, and thousands of disabled Hoosiers were forcibly sterilized. This was 25 years before the Nazis began similar measures as part of the Holocaust.”
The rest of the Ballotpedia information can be found here .