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Working for Independence, Equity, and Justice!
Why focus on the intersection of race and disability? Disability is a common human experience. 20% of Americans have some type of disability. Many disabilities are hidden (mental health, intellectual, autism, chronic illness, TBI, etc) People can acquire a disability at any point in their life through accident, illness or aging. That means that every group will likely include people with disabilities. Intersectionality is the term used to describe the experience of living with multiple identities (gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, etc). We recognize that while there have been some conversations about some intersections, there have been experiences that are often overlooked even in conversations about equity – such as people of color who have disabilities. BIPOC Americans with disabilities face unique systemic challenges as a result of their intersecting identities. These systemic injustices lead to economic inequality .
We are striving for communities free of discrimination against people with disabilities where they are valued, integrated members of society with full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, voting and beyond! We work to ensure that people with disabilities are no longer segregated into, and overrepresented in, civil and criminal institutions such as nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, jails and prisons. If you have a story to share and want to help us address racism and ableism, join us. Let’s pinpoint some specific steps to carry out and create an action plan for your community. By working together we can make our communities more inclusive!
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