Betty Williams was a participant in the very first VOTE Project train-the-trainer class in Arizona. At the time she was a member of Self-Advocates of Indiana and a board member of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered. She felt so passionate about voting that she asked SABE to become a part of the Vote Project. Betty has been a member of the team ever since.
When asked about how she got involved Betty said, “I started advocating about voting rights with my local self-advocacy group in the 90’s. I talked to self-advocates from around the state of Indiana about our right to vote. I think that voting gives us the right to be just like everybody else. People with disabilities should have the right to go into a polling place and vote. The biggest misconception is that people with disabilities are not informed about voting. The truth is that we can be just as informed as anyone else. It is important to think about your values when deciding what candidate to vote for. I became a national vote trainer because I think that all people around the nation should be educated about voting and their rights. I feel very passionate about voting.”