Disability can be both a cause and consequence of economic insecurity. Despite the fact that more than one in four adults in the United States live with disabilities—numbers that are rapidly rising as the COVID-19 pandemic has been a mass disabling event—U.S. economic policy conversations all too rarely include a disability lens. As a result, the economic hardships people with disabilities face are prevalent in many aspects of life.
The good news is that public awareness is growing that every issue is a disability issue. For example, in the run-up to the 2020 election, nearly every Democratic presidential candidate released a disability plan for the first time in American political history, and as of 2020, both parties’ platforms now call for ending the discriminatory sub-minimum wage.