Candidate Name: Robert Jackson
Candidate for State Senate District: 31 (Manhattan)
Is your campaign accessible? Yes
Endorsements: Long list of community, education of political leaders. In all my past campaigns, I've enjoyed strong support from labor union and elected officials and expect the same in this campaign.
If you are an incumbent, are your offices accessible to persons with disabilities? If not, what have you done to rectify the inaccessibility? If you are not an incumbent, If the present offices are inaccessible, do you intent to find an accessible office?
Have always worked to make sure my offices were accessible.
What, if anything, have you accomplished in regard to advancing disability rights (e.g. accessible housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and including people with disabilities in the political process?
Among my actions: Advocated for increased access a ride service, and was a strong supporter of Oliver Koppell's accessible taxi legislation; worked and allocated money to make facilities more ADA accessible including park bathrooms and community groups offices; fought long and hard for children with special needs to get the services, resources, and education they deserve, including ASL students whose parents wanted siblings to attend the same school to facilitate communication at home; and advocated for the safe bus transportation of preschool children receiving special needs services.
Will you commit to only attend and/or sponsor events that are accessible including providing materials in alternate formats, assistive listening systems, ASL and ensure locations are accessible?
Events that I host will be accessible to people with disabilities, and I will urge hosts of events that I attend to also meet this standard.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
While there are many, perhaps most significant has been my relationship with my brother-in-law who is legally blind. Living in Tanzania, he was getting no help and had no opportunity. So we brought him to New York to live with us. We helped put him through school and helped him navigate his new home, including the subway system. Now he is working as a social worker and running marathons. With a little help – the kind he wasn’t getting in Tanzania – it has allowed him to grow and succeed and reinforced the importance of what 504 Dems do every day.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
Yes, and have as City Councilmember.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
As I did on the City Council, I will listen, strategize, consult and work with advocates in the disabilities community to on their legislative agenda and priorities and then provide leadership in helping make the goals a reality.
Would you increase rental/housing subsidies to participants in the Nursing Facility Transition and Diversion Medicaid waiver program to help people with disabilities can afford to live in the community?
New York State's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program (EPIC) only provides coverage to seniors. Would you support EPIC expansion to include younger disabled New Yorkers?
The Fair Housing Act requires developers set aside a certain percentage of accessible units for persons with disabilities. Do you favor incorporating these provisions into New York State law so that DHCR can be empowered to enforce these provisions?
Do you support legislation requiring taxis, car services, and all shuttle services to purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles or otherwise ensure that they have the capacity to serve persons with disabilities statewide?
Yes, and have advocated for increased access a ride service, and was a strong supporter of Oliver Koppell's accessible taxi legislation.