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Romney, Obama Campaigns On Board for Disabilities Event

September 24, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (September 24, 2012) -- The National Forum on Disabilities Issues announced that it has lined up Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican, to represent the Romney campaign and Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the former Massachusetts senator, to represent the Obama campaign for a campaign forum this Friday.

The forum represents the only campaign event this year that will focus exclusively on disability issues, including autism. More than 80 national disabilities organizations, including Autism Speaks, are sponsoring the event which can be viewed live via webcast between 12:30 and 3:30 pm EST.

To register for the webcast, go here.

Former CNN White House bureau chief Frank Sesno will serve as moderator. Kennedy and McMorris Rogers will each occupy the stage exclusively for 30 minutes. They will have 10 minutes to present their party's vision for the nation's disability policy in America then take 20 minutes to respond to questions presented by Sesno.

The questions have been generated from the disability community. Each candidate was asked to address issues such as employment, health care, long-term community-based services and supports, education, transportation, housing, and research.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus before a capacity crowd of 500 Americans with disabilities; more than 2,000 have already registered for the live webcast. In addition to the Presidential race, the forum will focus on the Ohio U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and state Treasurer John Mandel.