Disability Partnerships 

Working together to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities!

The Need

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has advanced the cause of the disability rights movement, the ADA’s true objective has yet to be fully realized. A large gap remains between the theory behind the disability rights movement and the application of its promise.

People with physical disabilities still face oppressive marginalization including physical and financial barriers to education, healthcare, transportation, and accessible housing. People with disabilities typically earn significantly less income than their able-bodied counterparts and face far higher rates of poverty. Limitations that interfere with the activities of daily living, inadequate access to transportation, and problems related to integrating into their communities create additional obstacles for persons with disabilities. Barriers to healthcare include an inability to access proper health care, health care provider misinformation, stereotypes about disability, and lack of appropriate provider training.