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How can we continue to advocate for the rights of disabled communities, especially those of color?
This is a hard one, true equality remains elusive, especially for people of color with disabilities and for those whose socioeconomic position makes access to health care and other services more challenging. People with disabilities face systems that were not designed to accommodate all people, ranging from the health-care system to the criminal justice system to employment and education. Add to that the likelihood of having a disability is not evenly distributed. For example, 2 in 5 non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaska Natives have a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), well exceeding the rate in the general population.
Recognizing the many barriers faced by people with disabilities, psychologists are pushing for research-based solutions to make health care more accessible, the criminal justice system more equitable and the ability to receive social and career supports easier.
No easy answers here.