The majority of people with disabilities want to be totally integrated into all aspects of society. With more awareness, respect, and helpfulness, you can make someone's life a little bit easier. People don't plan on getting disabilities, but it happens every day. One day, that disabled person may even be you.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Show respect to the disabled today.
- Don't park in a handicapped parking space or use handicapped plates or placards illegally. Designated parking for the handicapped is a necessity for them, not an opportunity for you to save yourself a few steps.
- Don't use handicapped bathroom stalls unless you're handicapped. A handicapped person's need to use the restroom may be just as urgent as yours, and it often takes them longer to prepare to use the facilities.
- Drive cautiously and courteously. When you see a handicapped license plate, slow down and show consideration rather than tailgating or honking.
- Help people who need assistance by opening a door, rolling a wheelchair up or down an incline, carrying shopping bags, or offering an arm in challenging weather conditions or on uneven walkways.
- 1 in 6 people aged 5 and older, 54 million people, have a non-institutionalizing disability.
- 25 million disabled are of an employable age.
- 78% want to be employed, but only 33% have a job.
- Disabilities are more often acquired from accidents, illnesses, or late-emerging effects of genetics than by congenital disorders.
- Not all severe disabilities can be seen with the human eye.
- Over 15% of the cars parked in a handicapped parking space are parked illegally.