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2018 Candidate Answers

David Cox 

(R) McDowell, District 26

Disability Rights

1. What initiatives would you undertake to ensure the protection of the Civil Rights of West Virginians with disabilities?

We need to take care of our disabled people and make sure that they are being treated the same as someone without disability.

2. How will you ensure West Virginia state entities and businesses are in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act to prevent discrimination against West Virginians with disabilities?

Making sure they got parking spaces for the disabled, make sure they have handicapped access, making sure they have jobs for the disabled.

3. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers all activities of State and Local Governments. The Act states that:

  • No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.
  • A public entity shall administer services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.  (a provision upheld by the Olmstead Decision of the US Supreme Court)
  • A public entity that employs 50 or more persons shall designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under this part, including any investigation of any complaint communicated to it alleging its noncompliance with this part or alleging any actions that would be prohibited by this part.

How can West Virginia best uphold the Olmstead US Supreme Court decision and comply with the most integrated setting provision in Title II of the Act?

Make sure everything involves the above things.


4. Do you support Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act in West Virginia?  Why?

Yes, if a person is born with a disability or works and becomes disabled, they do not need to have to pay for insurance.

5. Do you support funding the Medicaid Waivers sufficiently to eliminate the waiting lists and make them accessible to those who need them? Why?

Yes, because a lot of hospitals and doctors will not see you with insurance.  And if, they really need it and need help then we should help them.

 Community Services

6What strategies will you use to ensure every West Virginian with a disability has access to a Center for Independent Living?

We need to have more places put in for the ones that need it and make them affordable without taking all of their income.

7. How will you maximize West Virginia’s access to federal funding to improve and sustain services and supports for people with disabilities?

If it takes it, I’ll go and try to get them to make grants available.

8. How will you ensure FEMA funding received by West Virginia is used to meet the specific needs of survivors with disabilities following a disaster?

Do what I can to have them to have a special grant set up for special needs of the disabled.


9. Transportation in West Virginia, especially in rural areas is a problem for anyone who doesn’t own a vehicle.  However, due to the lack of accessible transportation it is an even bigger issue for people with disabilities.  Transportation is critical to the ability of an individual to work, live, and fully participate in his/her community.

What will you do to improve access to transportation statewide for all West Virginians, including people with disabilities?

Get some set up that they will not charge a lot work some out for them and try to get more transportation groups in here that will work with the state and our disabled to come up with something to cut cost.


10.  A. How will you make sure all schools are aware of and access all transition services available for youth with disabilities?

       B. How will you enforce existing laws ensuring access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education for all youth with disabilities and ensure local school systems understand and comply with their responsibilities?

A. Get some set up that they will not charge a lot work some out for them.

B. Try to get more transportation groups in here that will work with the state and our disabled to come up with something to cut cost.

11. How will you ensure the existence of post-secondary education/training, services, and supports that facilitate all youth with disabilities becoming working, productive citizens?

If it takes bringing in a special teacher to with them.

12. Although the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been federal law since 1975, many students with disabilities are still segregated, bused to a single school in the county, or otherwise excluded from the education in the “least restrictive environment” provision of IDEA. The integration of students with disabilities into general education classrooms and activities with typical students has been shown to increase acceptance, expectations, and inclusion and to reduce fear, misunderstanding, and bullying.  What steps will you take to increase integration of all students with disabilities in schools throughout West Virginia?

They are to get the same educations as any other student and to keep letting them know the teacher are there to help them and any bullying there will be stiff action taking against anyone caught bullying.



13. 71.3% of working age West Virginians with disabilities are not in the workforce. What steps will you take to change that?  How will you ensure all working West Virginians with disabilities are paid at least minimum wage and eliminate sub-minimum wage?

We need to see what the other doing. The same job gets pay and make sure that the disabled person is getting the same pay.