The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is encouraging Arkansans with a developmental disability to take part in National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 16 through July 20, by registering to vote either in person or by mail.

According to a press release, “Though individuals with DD may face barriers of transportation to or assistance at polling stations, it is imperative Arkansans with DD have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in local, state and national elections,” said Eric Munson, the Council’s executive director. “By voting, individuals with DD can make their voice heard on issues to protect their rights and benefits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid, housing, transportation and more.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of individuals with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing equal opportunities in employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

Arkansans can register to vote in person at a local county clerk’s office or Department of Motor Vehicles locations.

For more information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, visit GCDD.ar.gov and follow the Council on Facebook and Twitter.