It’s hard enough to be disabled. Try being disabled and poor. According to a new report released by retiring Senator Tom Harkins (D-IA), 20 million Americans with disabilities are working age and only one third of them are in the workforce:
Americans with disabilities are more likely to be poor than any other demographic group, and their average income in 2012 was about $6,000 less than people without disabilities, according to a report released Thursday….More than 28 percent of adults aged 21 to 64 who have a disability and are not institutionalized live in poverty, compared with the overall 12.4 percent national poverty rate, the report says. The average annual income for adults with disabilities was about $6,000 lower than for people without disabilities.
Disabilities are expensive–a vehicle for someone with cerebal palsy to be able to be mobile can cost $135,000. Not to mention the stigma that many face for mental disabilities and getting help. And in 42 states custody of a child can be rescinded on the basis of a parent’s disability. We talk with Rebecca Cokley, the executive director of the National Council on Disability to get some answers.
Team Blackness also discussed L. Joy’s dreams, the People’s Climate March, and why we’re fed up with the New York Times.