Sabe USA

The National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access helps protection and advocacy systems, election officials and people with disabilities to make voting accessible for all citizens.

The Center is managed and operated by leaders in the self-advocacy movement.

For more information about SABE’s Voter activities, please contact Teresa Moore at



The SABE Voter Project has extended the deadline to collect surveys to January 31, 2017.  Self advocacy groups have asked for more time so they can complete the survey at their January meetings.

SABE continues to work closely with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and state Protection and Advocacy organizations to collect information on the voting experiences of voters with disabilities.  Self advocacy groups are partnering with the P&As to get the surveys to Self advocates.  These findings will be shared with national leaders and Congress as to what is improving the experience of voters with disabilities and what continues to be barriers. 

The survey can be found on the website

Please contact Juliana at if you need a paper copy of the survey.


Just as it is important to know that YOUR VOTE COUNTS, we need to know that you have the accessibility needed to MAKE IT COUNT; therefore we are collecting surveys to learn about the voting experiences of people with disabilities for the 2016 Election.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed in 2002 to make sure everyone in this country can cast a private and independent vote.  Now, we want to make sure the law is working for voters with disabilities.

YOU can help us do that by completing a survey developed by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), Protection and Advocacy organizations and self advocacy organizations across the country by January 31, 2017.

Here is the direct link to the survey: 2016 Voters with disabilities experience survey


 Check out this voting information from our friends at the Arizona Center for Disability Law

Voting Rights Videos 2016

Where can you register to Vote

This link is from our friends at the Election Assistance Commission. They have many other voting resources on their site. In honor of the National Voter Registration Day, September 29, 2016, we are sharing this link.

Pick your state to find the Secretary of State or Election board to complete your registration and your polling location.

Click on this link Where you can register in your state

November 2016 Elections






If you have any problems during the November 2016 Elections, please click on the following link for information on how to reach someone to assist you.   2016 Primary Hotline Schedule link


2014 Voters with Disabilities Election Report


A new study shows that having a disability is not the problem with voting, it is having the accessible equipment, accessible locations and respect to do so.

Cincinnati, Ohio November 30, 2015 – As the country prepares for the 2016 Presidential Election, how prepared are Election Officials to meet the voting needs of people with disabilities?  A survey conducted by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), a national organization lead by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, on the accessibility of the 2014 Election found:

  • 27% of voters, who used wheelchairs, had problems moving around the voting area
  • 11% of the voters reported poll workers treated them like they were NOT able to vote
  • 17% of the voters said the accessible voting machines were not up and running when they arrived at the polling location
  • 11% of the voters self-reported they did not know how to operate the accessible equipment
  • 21% of the poll workers did not provide clear instructions on how to use the accessible voting equipment
  • 19% of voters, who used Absentee Ballots, did so because they felt they could not vote privately at the polling location

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) passed in 2000 outlines specific regulations that all Elections must follow:

  • be held in accessible locations
  • use ballots that encourage people to vote rather than discourage
  • allow voters to cast their ballot privately and independently

This study finds the greatest barrier to voting for people with disabilities is the lack of knowledge of poll workers.

Click the link to read the 2014 Election Report link

VOTE Project Distance Training Webinars


Shout out to the 2016 Distance training state groups from Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

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SABE Voter Project goes Tech

Special thanks to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, and Maryland for joining us this on the vote project.  Technology can never replace face to face meetings or trainings, but we can have a great learning experience when you have caring and passionate people working together.

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SABE vote project presenting using GoToWebinar.

AL P&A voting 2015

The Alabama staff from the Protection and Advocacy joining in on the Distance Learning Webinar.

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Vote project Candy activity.

SABE Voter project 2014

2014 was SABE's first year training self advocacy groups and their P&A organizations.  States that participated were Maine, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.


Picture of Jeff RidgewayMY VOTEby Jeff Ridgeway

They say I can’t vote

They say the decision is not mine

They say I don’t understand

I guess they think they’re being kind

I wonder what they would say or think if they only knew

That when they call the President “Our President”,

I want to Call him mine too.

If I never get the chance to Vote –

Pulling the lever, punching the card, or writing the name down.

I stay the same – dumb, misinformed, unchanged, unempowered.

That is what this world expects me to be.

But I want so much more

I want to be the most educated – the most informed – the most totally changed – the most totally empowered person that I can be when I vote.

I can make a difference and then I can say with pride,

“Not Yours,

not theirs,

but My President

because I helped put him there.”


Voting Rights Videos 2016

Are you planning to Vote? :

Why should Deaf People Vote :

Are you planning to Vote?  (Spanish) :