Why Disability Should Matter To You

Ryan Wilson, with a wrap on his arm and left leg, poses with two occupational therapists two his left and right. Ryan sits in his chair smiling, while the therapists smile with masks.
Ryan Wilson (center) poses with two occupational therapists in the hospital

Statistically, you likely know someone with a disability. They may be a coworker, friend or a family member, but you might not be able to tell that they do, in fact, have a disability.

The disability community is the only minority anyone can join, and the number of persons with disabilities is growing.

That’s why it’s important to start understanding the disability community now.


How You Could Be Impacted By ‘Disability

  • – You could acquire a disability
  • – A family member may acquire a disability, and need your help with personal care (showering, eating, etc)
  • – Your son or daughter may be born with a disability
  • – Your neighbor may have a disability
  • – Your neighbor may acquire a disability, and need your help
  • – A friend may acquire a disability, and need your help
  • – A coworker may have a disability
  • – Your child may have a classmate with a disability

Important Numbers

  • – 1 in 4 people (61 million) have a disability
  • – 2 in 5 persons aged 65+ have a disability
  • – 1 in 4 women have a disability
  • – 2 in 5 non-Hispanic American Indians / Alaska Natives have a disability
  • – More people, kids and adults, are acquiring disabilities

Some Things The Disability Community Can Teach You

  • – You can learn what self-care looks like
  • – You can gain an appreciation for accessible features (i.e. ramps, elevators, Braille, captions, etc.)
  • – You can learn more about your own body and how and why it works

– You can learn how to empathize with others and yourself

  • – You can learn how to more effectively listen to yourself and others
  • – You can learn about advocating for yourself and others

Data courtesy:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html