People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group; making up an estimated 20% of the total population and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time. It is a diverse group, crossing lines of age, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. While some health conditions associated with disability result in poor health and extensive health care needs, others do not.
People with disabilities represent the single largest minority group seeking employment in today’s marketplace.The needs and interests of people with disabilities mirror those of other groups.
The Foundation Center reports that out of over 3 billion dollars spent in philanthropic giving, only 2.9% of grants made by institutionalized philanthropy are directed to programs serving people with disabilities.
Health promotion & prevention activities seldom target people with disabilities. For example, women with disabilities receive less screening for breast & cervical cancer than women without disabilities because examination tables are not height-adjustable and mammography equipment only accommodates women who are able to stand.