RespectAbility, a nonpartisan national nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, invites all members of Congress to share their views on a number of issues important to the disability community (twenty-five percent of American adults have a disability.). This is being done in conjunction with our online publication, www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org, which is the definitive place for people who care about the intersection of disability and electoral politics.
One in five of Americans has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When looking at adults, it is one in four. With the addition of family members of people with disabilities, that percentage increases exponentially to include one in every three households in America affected by disability. People with disabilities are America’s largest minority group and the only one that, due to an accident or illness, anyone can join at any time. Indeed, America has 56 million PwDs including five million with developmental disabilities. Of the 22 million working age (18-64) people with disabilities in our country, fully 70 percent of them are outside of the labor force. This is despite the fact that most want to work. This hurts employers who have talent needs, people with disabilities who want jobs, and taxpayers who support the 11 million people with disabilities who do not pay taxes but instead may live on government benefits.
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