RespectAbility is on the front lines in the battle to reduce stigmas, failed government policies, and other obstacles that deny people with disabilities the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
One-in-five Americans has a disability. However, while African Americans, Hispanics, women, and other groups have made important progress in the last decades, almost 70% of the 22 million working-age Americans with disabilities don’t have jobs. This leads to poverty, prison, and poor health outcomes.
Each year more than 300,000 young people with disabilities reach the age to enter the workforce. However, despite polls showing that most of these youth want to work, they often hit a brick wall because of failed policies and negative stigmas. People with disabilities are tired of pity, broken promises, and low expectations. Thus, since RespectAbility was founded in 2013, we have:
RespectAbility is looking for more partners to end stigmas and enable people with disabilities to successfully climb the ladder of success. Join us as together we work to create a future of employment, independence, dignity, and respect for people of ALL abilities!
Our CEO has published dozens OpEds on disability issues. We have done and released numerous national polls on the disability community, and are partnering with other advocacy organizations to change the way people with disabilities are perceived and to get them the employment opportunities that they deserve. We recently published a Criminal Justice Report. Download the accessible word document here and download the accessible PowerPoint presentation here.
If you would like any more information about RespectAbilityUSA please contact Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.
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