Accessibility and Disability Equity Library


People with disabilities belong everywhere and deserve equitable access to employment, education, housing, healthcare, and recreation. They have made immense contributions to all aspects of life and culture in the United States, despite being historically excluded from many of the fields they impact. Today, 26% of adults in the U.S. (61 million people) live with a disability. The disabled community has made great strides in advancing accessibility and equity, but disabled people still disproportionately face negative health and mental health outcomes. Long histories of misunderstanding, abuse, lack of care, stigmatization, discrimination, and unequal rights have created deep inequities for people with disabilities. Disabled people are more likely to live in poverty, experience trauma, face barriers to care, and struggle with suicidal ideation than their able-bodied peers. 


Disabled people who are living in poverty, located in rural communities, LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and/or of color are most impacted, with risk factors including:

A New Focus on Community Commons

Health Equity Libraries on Community Commons build capacity for changemakers to advance equity for a specific priority population by sharing relevant resources. Priority populations are exploration avenues on Community Commons that represent diverse groups, communities, demographics, identities, statuses, and people with lived experiences. They connect users directly with populations of interest, lift up important underserved groups, and help root our work in equity and justice. 


Importantly, we acknowledge that people are not defined solely by the population groups to which they belong—many factors contribute to what makes people who they are, and most people belong to more than one priority population group. These libraries are designed to break down silos and support changemakers working to advance equitable well-being by making people-centered content more discoverable on Community Commons.


Resources curated for Health Equity Libraries: 

  • Share practical, actionable strategies to guide on-the-ground work 

  • Provide access to data and scientific articles that build the case for equity and its relation to well-being 

  • Lift up stories and lived experience from people in priority populations


The Accessibility and Disability Equity Library highlights 300+ newly-curated resources and stories to advance equitable health outcomes for people with disabilities.


As we have worked to expand and center disability and accessibility content on Community Commons, some key themes have emerged:

  1. Accessibility as central to equity, belonging, and well-being

  2. Shifting dialogue from disabilities as limitations to disabilities as complex, highly personal experiences often tied to identity and disability culture

  3. Sourcing and leveraging accurate data on disabilities and disabled people

  4. Centering intersectional perspectives, especially LGBTQ+ and BIPOC voices

  5. Disproportionate impacts of disabled people with multiple marginalizations, including histories of trauma

  6. COVID-19 as a magnifier, emphasizing existing strengths and disparities




Copyright
2022
Published Date
09/01/2022

Resources

Topic -


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Walkability
Topic

Assessment


Blog


CC Original


Case study


Data bank/repository


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Disability Healthcare Resources
Resource - Data Bank/repository
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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System ACE Data
Resource - Data Bank/repository
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Priority Populations Channel
Resource - Data Bank/repository

Fact sheet


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Brain Health and Healthy Aging
Resource - Fact Sheet
Know Your Rights: Voting Rights
Resource - Fact Sheet
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Eating Disorder Statistics
Resource - Fact Sheet

Guide/handbook


Journal article


Topic - People


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People with Disabilities
Topic - People
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Autism
Topic - People
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Veterans
Topic - People

Plan


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COPD National Action Plan
Resource - Plan

Podcast


Policy brief


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Implement Universal Family Care
Resource - Policy Brief
Published on 04/16/2021
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Increase Geographic Proximity and Accessibility of Jobs
Resource - Policy Brief
Published on 04/16/2021
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Fact Sheet: Disability Discrimination
Resource - Policy Brief

Topic - Possibilities


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Neurodiversity
Topic - Possibilities
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Trauma-Informed Practice
Topic - Possibilities
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Cultural Humility and Competence
Topic - Possibilities
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Supportive Housing
Topic - Possibilities

Topic - Quality of Life


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Adverse Childhood Experiences
Topic - Quality Of Life
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Kidney Diseases
Topic - Quality Of Life
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Brain Health
Topic - Quality Of Life
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Mental and Behavioral Health
Topic - Quality Of Life

Report


Webinar


Website/webpage