There are 5,412,676 Hispanic/Latinx people with disabilities in America today, making up 9.1% of the total population. There are 2,969,668 working-age Hispanic/Latinx people with disabilities and out of that number, just 1,213,802 had jobs in 2019.
In America’s K-12 public school system there are 1,826,344 Hispanic/Latinx disabled students. Nationwide, they make up fully 27% of all special education students. In some jurisdictions, such as the Los Angeles Unified School and New York City, Hispanic/Latinx students with disabilities comprise the majority of special education students.
Join members of RespectAbility’s Board, Staff and National Leadership program in a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and learn more about ways in which we can change these statistics – from policy and civic education to entertainment media.
- Nelly Nieblas, Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Engagement of RespectAbility
- Victor Santiago Pineda, Board of Advisors of RespectAbility, President of World Enabled and filmmaker
- Krista Ramirez-Villatoro, Entertainment Media Fellow of RespectAbility and UCLA graduate student in design and media arts