21st March 2023
Health Inequities Experienced By Disabled Persons
Over 30 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed the trajectory for millions of Americans living with disability. The intervening decades have unfurled material changes, such as: curb cuts, disability parking and seating in public facilities, bus lifts, more accessible telecommunications, and laws to support fair employment practices. Recognizing these changes, though, many Americans with disabilities continue to face deep, longstanding health inequities, including barriers to care, lower quality of care, and disparate health outcomes.
With a population of 61 million adults and 3 million children, representing 28% of Americans, persons with disabilities comprise the largest subpopulation in the US, reflecting all races and ethnicities. At a time when health equity conversations,requirements, and plans are ramping up positive change, persons living with physical, behavioral, or sensory disabilities should be included in the movement for more equitable healthcare.