Designed in 2016 before the presidential election, this poster was created to bring visibility to the #CripTheVote campaign and encourage disabled Americans to make their voices heard in politics.
Crip the Vote is a non partisan social media campaign started by Gregg Beratan, Andrew Pulrang, and Alice Wong in preparation for the 2016 Presidential Election with the goal of getting disabled Americans more involved in politics. As a member of the disability community, I found the campaign empowering and helpful in learning about the intersection between disability and politics, and when challenged to create a poster encouraging people to vote, I immediately knew which demographic I wanted to target.
The imagery I created for this poster was intended to be inclusive of the entire disability community, so in addition to mobility aids, which are a common symbol for disability, I drew imagery that represents intellectual and developmental disabilities, hearing impairments, and vision impairments.
The text on the poster reads: "53 Million Adults in the United States are living with a disability, yet only 15.6 million disabled adults voted in the 2012 elections. The #CripTheVote movement is a non-partisan campaign dedicated to involving disabled people in politics. Social policies have huge impacts on the lives of those of us with disabilities, and our voices should be heard! You have a legal right to accomodations at the polls, and many states offer absentee ballots if necessary. Let
your opinion be known this election. For more information, visit disabilitythinking.com/election-2016-cripthevote/ and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #CripTheVote."