Disability Justice

We recognize that as capitalism exploits our labor, it reduces human beings to their value as workers, giving rise to disability oppression and the segregation of people from society according to their abilities. In the struggle for liberation of all people, we must confront and dismantle capitalist institutions that oppress those with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. Emancipation cannot be won selectively, and accessibility must be a precondition of justice as we fight for a world in which all people, regardless of differing abilities, can fully and equally participate in society, with access to the services, rights, comforts, and joys that they deserve.

  • Make the New York City transit system genuinely accessible for all New Yorkers and invest in updates. Guarantee reliable elevators and ramps at all subway stations. Expand bus routes and increase frequency of service.

  • Make Community Board meetings and functions accessible, including requiring sign language interpreters and large print format material.

  • Increase funding for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD).

  • Improve disability voting rights by ensuring state funding for accessible early voting and automatic and same-day voter registration.

  • Extend New York State Human Rights Law to protect students with disabilities in public, private and charter schools.

  • Hold public employers to the same standards as private employers by passing legislation that would allow state workers to sue their employer in federal court for money damages, including lost wages.

  • Create a universal healthcare system in New York State by passing the New York Health Act (NYHA) as soon as possible. Through its passage, New York State will provide a viable political model to the rest of the country while building momentum for the passage of Medicare for All nationwide. 

  • Ensure that the bill is not watered down in passage. The system should satisfy DSA’s five principles for a single payer health system: it must be 1) a single health program administered by the state that is 2) free at the point of use; 3) comprehensive,including mental health, substance abuse treatment, reproductive health, dental, vision, hearing, prescription drugs, medical supplies, gender-affirming treatment, long-term care, and hospice care; 4) universal, covering all communities, regardless of immigration systems or employment; and 5) includes a jobs program for those affected by the transition to government-run healthcare.

  • End the unequal distribution of disproportionate-share payments to hospitals that treat large numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients.

  • Increase public funding for medical research and development to work towards ending monopoly drug pricing focusing on conditions that are predominant in historically underserved populations (including women, non-binary people, people of color and people with disabilities).