More than 32 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, people with disabilities in the United States continue to face pervasive discrimination in nearly all areas of their private and public lives. From housing and food insecurity to a stark earnings gap and disproportionate poverty rates, people with disabilities—and disabled people of color, in particular—face a litany of structural barriers that keep economic justice out of reach for millions.


Disability and poverty should not go hand in hand. Achieving long-denied economic justice for disabled people in the U.S. will require centering the perspectives and expertise of disabled people across all of the nation’s economic policymaking.

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