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Adults with Disabilities: Ethnicity and Race

from: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Adults with Disabilities: Ethnicity and Race

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have highlighted significant health disparities among people with disabilities from various racial and ethnic groups. Non-white individuals with disabilities are affected at a higher rate than white individuals, as evident from the data. For instance, American Indian/Alaska Native has the highest rate of disability, with 3 in 10 adults having a disability, followed by Black, where 1 in 4 adults have a disability. Meanwhile, White has 1 in 5 adults with a disability, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic have 1 in 6 adults with a disability. Asian has the lowest prevalence, with 1 in 10 adults having a disability.

However, it's important to recognize that people of color (POC) and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals with disabilities face additional barriers that contribute to these health disparities. Factors such as racism, discrimination, poverty, and lack of access to healthcare services and resources play a significant role in exacerbating these disparities.

To address these disparities, we need to remove the barriers and provide targeted resources and support services to POC and BIPOC individuals with disabilities. This includes promoting equitable access to healthcare services and resources, implementing culturally competent care practices, and addressing social determinants of health that disproportionately affect POC and BIPOC individuals with disabilities, such as poverty, lack of education, and inadequate housing.

We must also focus on removing barriers to education, employment, and transportation that hinder POC and BIPOC individuals with disabilities from accessing healthcare services and resources. By doing so, we can ensure that these individuals have the necessary resources to lead healthy and fulfilling lives and promote equitable health outcomes.

See the Infographics and Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Adults with Disabilities: Ethnicity and Race

 

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