One in four U.S. adults has some form of disability. Not only are most disabilities non-visible—issues like mental health, chronic illness, dyslexia, and ADHD—but many people choose not to disclose their disability in order to avoid stigma. Given the size of the disability community and its essential contributions to society, why is access still such an afterthought? What factors contribute to discrimination and ableism? And how can philanthropy help?
In this episode of Impact Audio, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder of RespectAbility, addresses these questions (and more).
Listen in to learn about:
- The true impetus of the disability rights movement
- How accessibility fosters employee retention
- Philanthropy’s representational crisis (only 8% of foundation staff includes a person with disabilities)
- Specific (proven) processes funders can use to improve accessibility
- Being a grantee and funder dedicated to the disability community
- How disability intersects with class, race, and gender