Advocating for the Disability Community

“I respect the unique experiences of people with disabilities and work in the Senate to make sure every Ohioan has access to the care and resources they need. Like all of us, people with disabilities are supported by their families and communities who should also be recognized for their hard work, selflessness, and dedication.”

Senator Sherrod Brown

Where Sherrod Stands:

Fighting For Ohioans With Disabilities

Sherrod has worked to strengthen and modernize the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has opposed efforts to weaken or undermine this critical legislation.

He has pushed to break down barriers to information and communications technologies for people with disabilities. He’s opposed legislation that would have made it easier for businesses to discriminate against people with disabilities.

Sherrod voted to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012, affirming his commitment to protecting the rights of all people with disabilities.

Creating Opportunities For People With Disabilities

Sherrod voted for the bipartisan Workforce Innovation And Opportunity Act, which created job training programs for Ohioans of all abilities. With Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sherrod sponsored legislation to help veterans with service-related disabilities find good jobs.

Sherrod has fought to make sure that Ohioans with disabilities connected to their work, whether veterans wounded in service or miners with black lung, have access to the best possible care.

Championing Healthcare Access For All Ohioans

Throughout his career, Sherrod has worked to make sure every Ohioan, regardless of income, can get the healthcare they need. He helped pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has extended healthcare coverage for 5 million Ohioans with preexisting conditions and expanded access to community-based care and habilitative and rehabilitative services like occupational therapy and speech pathology. Sherrod also fought for nearly two decades to establish parity for mental health coverage, which he helped codify as part of the ACA.

Sherrod supports ending limits on Medicaid coverage for mental health care and has joined Governor Kasich in fighting back attempts to gut the Medicaid expansion, which has helped nearly 500,000 Ohioans get mental and behavioral health treatment.

Advocating For Children With Disabilities

No one has fought harder than Sherrod to protect the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which serves nearly half of Ohio’s children with disabilities. Sherrod has worked for years to pass long-term funding for CHIP. In 2018 he co-sponsored the bill that successfully extended the program for the next six years.

Sherrod has worked to give children with disabilities the support they need in the classroom by supporting the Individuals With Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act, which benefits one in seven Ohio students, and by securing and protecting millions of dollars in funding for staff and services to help students with disabilities.

Making Social Security More Accessible

Sherrod has worked with Republicans and Democrats to decrease the backlog and wait times for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

He joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in calling for full funding for the Social Security Administration and teamed up with Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) to do away with the five-month waiting period for individuals with terminal illnesses to access SSDI benefits.

Sherrod and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have worked together to expand Supplemental Security Income, which benefits nearly 300,000 Ohioans with disabilities.