Access for All
As an advocate for the disability community, Josh is invested in supporting communities that have been historically missed or excluded from federal programs.
- A system of targeted grants to states to improve access to public spaces, public sidewalks and public transit for people with disabilities.
- Reforming the current income cap and asset limit for people with disabilities. The current federal monthly cap on income for a person eligible for SSI disability is $791. This cap drastically limits the type of work and amount of work that disabled people can do and penalizes them for accumulating wealth and savings through work.
- Ending subminimum wage for people with disabilities and phasing out sheltered workshops, both of which operate under the presumption that the labor of disabled people is less valuable than their abled peers and requires an unequal pay structure. In some cases, this causes significant disruption to choices around family, including preventing disabled people from marrying.
- Expanding targeted education and training for disabled job seekers, as well as education for business owners who could expand their hiring practices more broadly in the community. In addition, the federal government needs to adequately fund vocational rehabilitation, Individual Placement and Support (IPS), and other supported employment programs to help create structural support for employers and employees with disabilities.