Presidential Candidates' Forum A National Forum on Equality, Opportunity and Access

Friday, November 2, 2007
8:30 am et - 4:00 pm et
Location: Webcast

Watch and read press coverage of the event.


Hosted by Granite State Independent Living

Made possible by generous support from: Hands On Video Relay Servces, Inc & Manchester Community Television

This day-long live event will take place in Manchester, NH and will feature presidential candidates speaking on disability issues, panel discussions with national disability leaders, and more!

The entire event will be available via webcast at Please invite your consumers and local constituents to view this important, pre-primary
event at your local office or another common gathering area with Internet access.

If your organization will host a Webcast viewing, please contact Terri Voth at Granite
State Independent Living, (603) 228-9680 or e-mail

Download a pdf of the event information here. pdf


The following schedule has been distributed for the "National Forum on Equality, Opportunity, and Access." The event is available both live in New Hampshire and via webcast from your own location.

  • 8:30 am Registration
  • 9:00 am Opening Ceremonies
    • Presentation of Colors, National anthem
    • Welcome: Clyde Terry, Executive Director of Granite State Independent Living Center
    • Grace Sullivan, Executive Director, Manchester Community Television
  • 9:25 am Opening Remarks - Andrew Imparato, President & CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • 9:35 am Moderator - Ted Kennedy, Jr. - AAPD Board Secretary
  • 9:45 am - NH State Senator Lou D'Allesandro
  • 9:55 am - Candidate: Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
  • 10:30 am - Entertainment - Keith Jones
  • 10:45 am - Break
  • 11:00 am - Candidate: Senator Joe Biden (D-DE)
  • 11:30 am - Candidate: Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
  • 12:00 noon - Entertainment - Keith Jones
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - Candidate: Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM)
  • 2:00 pm - Candidate: Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
  • 2:30 pm - Candidate: Former Congressman David Bonior, Campaign Manager for Senator John Edwards (D-SC)
  • 3:00 pm - Candidate: Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK)
  • 3:15 pm - Break
  • 3:30 pm - Candidate: Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
  • 4:00 pm - Candidate: Invited - Governor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)
  • 4:15 pm - Retiring of the Colors
  • 4:25 pm - Wrap Up

Read more information about the forum and the candidates on AAPD's website.


The Presidential Candidates' Forum is co-hosted by:

  • NH Developmental Disabilities Council (NH DDC)
  • NH Disabilities Rights Center (NH DRC)
  • NH Institute on Disability (NH IOD)
  • NH Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • People First of New Hamphshire
  • TASH


  • AARP National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
  • ADA Watch National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • ADAPT New England Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of American Association of People with Disabilities America (NEPVA)
  • (AAPD) Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
  • The Arc of the United States
  • United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
  • Easter Seals
  • United Spinal Association
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • VSA arts
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • National Coalition of Mental Health
  • Consumer/ Survivor Organizations

This webcast will include CART translation and an on-camera interpreter.
Visit the Granite State Independent Living Center webpage for more information.