Now is the Time to Celebrate & Advocate
The warmth of summer not only brings cookouts and fireworks, but also signals the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26th, Americans across the nation will join together in spirit to celebrate the signing of the ADA just 28 years ago.
With this milestone, we reflect on progress and express great gratitude to all of the individuals involved in passing this historical legislation. We celebrate the positive impact of the ADA on individuals with disabilities, as well as on the communities around us.
However, there is still more work to do. These national statistics indicate 3 well-documented gaps that continue to exist within our nation for people with disabilities:
- Employment Gap – the difference between the employment percentage for people with disabilities (35.9%) and people without disabilities (76.6%), was 40.7 percentage points.
- Poverty Gap – the difference between the percentages of those with and without disabilities, has been between 7.4 – 8.3 percentage points over the past 8 years.
- Healthcare Gap – people with disabilities are reported to have less access to care and worse health outcomes than people without disabilities.
What Can I Do?
Fortunately, these gaps can be filled. Before the ADA was passed, people with and without disabilities did not realize the impact their advocacy could truly make. By continuing advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels, you can help bring about real change that can improve the lives of millions. No effort is too small to open doors that will help narrow these gaps.
There is opportunity all around you to take part in education and advocacy. Finding the opportunity is easy – finding your voice can be harder. The first step is deciding to get involved. Deciding to help make a change.
At GSIL, we can help you find the advocacy opportunity while helping you find your voice. Jeff Dickinson, GSIL Advocacy Director, is ready to help! To learn about how you can become a part of this very important work, contact Jeff at at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-228-9680.
Thank you for joining the movement as we continue to make the world a better, more equal place to live life independently.