Organizations are at their best when they welcome, respect and include people of all backgrounds – and this includes people with disabilities. Fully 1-in-5 people have a learning, mental health, physical, sensory or other disability. People can be born with a disability, or acquire one due to an accident, aging, gun violence or in military service to our nation. People with disabilities want to be included in philanthropy, nonprofits and in solving problems in our communities, just like anyone else.
RespectAbility is philanthropy’s partner to enable funders to have the maximum impact they desire, whether that is in education, training, employment, criminal justice, health, the arts access or other key issues. We encourage you to learn more by reading the resources below. Whenever you need free help and/or partners, reach out to us. We are here for you! Email our president, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at JenniferM@RespectAbility.org or Franklin Anderson FranklinA@RespectAbility.org today!
Watch this short video to hear from diverse people with disabilities themselves:
Disability in Philanthropy & Nonprofits: A Study on the Inclusion and Exclusion of the 1-in-5 People Who Live with a Disability and What You Can Do to Make Things Better
- 1. Executive Summary
- 2. Survey Results: Current Practices
- 2.1. Bias against people with disabilities prevents full inclusion.
- 2.2. Even when DEI is a priority, disability is not.
- 2.3. Lack of advocacy and limited awareness are also significant barriers.
- 2.4. Efforts and accommodations to include people with disabilities are insufficient.
- 2.5. Convenings and communication exclude people with disabilities.
- 3. Steps Forward From This Survey
- 4. How To Include People with Disabilities
- Appendix A: New York – California Comparison
- Appendix B: The Survey Itself: Total, California and New York Data
- Download the full study as a PDF
- Download the Launch Event PowerPoint
Free Resources: Inclusive Philanthropy Toolkit
- How RespectAbility Can Help in Your Work
- Etiquette: Interacting with People with Disabilities
- Terminology Tips: Using the Appropriate Lexicon
- Common Acronyms
- Disability FAQ
- What is considered a disability?
- What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
- What is ableism?
- What is person-first language? Does everyone use it?
- What does it mean to “reclaim” a word, and why is reclaiming important?
- How does intersectionality play into all of this?
- How many African Americans also have disabilities and what should we know?
- How many Latinx and Hispanics also have disabilities and what should we know?
- How many LGBTQ+ individuals also have disabilities and what should we know?
- What should we know about women with disabilities?
- What are some concrete steps to ensure we are inclusive?
- How can I communicate that I am welcoming of people with disabilities?
- How do I ensure my events are inclusive and accessible?
- What is some sample inclusion language to use for accommodations?
- How do I ensure my space is accessible physically?
- How do I ensure my exterior space is accessible physically?
- What signage do I need to be more accessible?
- How do I ensure my website is fully accessible?
- How do I add captions to my online videos for free?
- How do I ensure my other materials are accessible?
- How can I tell if an animal is really a service animal and not just a pet?
- What do I need to know regarding hiring employees with disabilities?
- How can I be more inclusive in my hiring process?
- What is an example of non-discrimination language to include?
- What tax and other incentives do employers have to hire people with disabilities?
- Where can I look to find examples of companies who are effective at including people with disabilities?
- Learn More About Specific Disabilities:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Blind/Vision Loss
- Cerebral Palsy
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Down syndrome
- Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
- Little People/Dwarfism
- Mental Illness: Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression
- Mobility Impairments Requiring the Use of a Wheelchair
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Resources to Fight Racism and Unconscious Bias
- RespectAbility National Leadership Program
Including People with Disabilities in Nonprofits and Foundations: Accessibility & Equity Webinar Series
- Disability 101
- Disability History
- How to Ensure Accessible Events
- How to Recruit, Accommodate and Promote People with Disabilities for Volunteer Leadership, Board Positions and Paid Employment
- How to Ensure A Welcoming Lexicon and Inclusive Storytelling
- How to Ensure Accessible Websites and Social Media
- Premium Skills Workshop in Social Media Accessibility
- How to Ensure Legal Rights and Compliance Obligations: Exploring the Rights of Employees and Participants, and the Obligations of Nonprofit Organizations Under the Law
- A Voice for the Forgotten Minority
Chronicle of Philanthropy – January 8, 2019 (Subscription Only)
- Rice 360 Gets $15 Million Investment from MacArthur Foundation; Will Be Inclusive of People with Disabilities
RespectAbility – March 19, 2018
- As Oksana Masters, a woman with disability adopted from overseas, wins U.S. Paralympic Gold, MacArthur Foundation paves way for other youth with disabilities in orphanages to have better future
RespectAbility – March 15, 2018
- Nonprofits that treat people with disabilities equally awarded $145 million in funding from MacArthur Foundation
RespectAbility – February 15, 2018
- How Foundations Can Ensure Diversity Efforts Include People With Disabilities
Chronicle of Philanthropy – December 20, 2016 (Subscription Only)
- Ignorance is the Enemy Within
Ford Foundation Newsletter – September 12, 2016
- Ford’s Push on Disability Rights Should Be a Model for Philanthropy
Chronicle of Philanthropy – September 12, 2016 (Subscription Only)
- A funder asks potential grantees: “How Inclusive are you of People with Disabilities?”
EJewish Philanthropy – April 6, 2016
- Respect is Key to Inclusive Funding
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy – July 7, 2015
- Celebrating ADA: It’s Time to Add a Disability Lens to Our Philanthropy
D5 Blog – June 18, 2015
- Making Jewish E-Learning Accessible to All
EJewish Philanthropy – April 30, 2015
- Lessons From Failed Giving to Charity
Huffington Post – September 12, 2014
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Want to learn more?
Watch our webinar on this topic: https://www.respectability.org/2019/04/disability-philanthropy-study-release-event/. Also, view our PPT to learn more.
To ask a question, contact Franklin Anderson at FranklinA@RespectAbility.org or Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at JenniferM@RespectAbility.org.
More Resources You Can Use
- Education Resources on Disability Issues
- Employers Embracing Employees with Disabilities
- Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Entertainment Professionals
- Faith Inclusion
- Recursos en Español
- Women’s Disability Leadership, Inclusion & Advocacy
- Job Seekers with Disabilities
- Policy Makers
- Sex Education Resources
- Fighting Racism and Unconscious Bias
- LGBTQ+ People with Disabilities