Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020 | Dr. Allan R. Meyers Memorial Project

Submitted by anoopa on Thu, 03/19/2020 - 21:01

Event Details

When: Friday, July 24th | 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA 02114


Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, everything about disability in America has changed. Today, US Census reports that 25% of the US adult population have disabilities. Only 1.4% of Americans use wheeled mobility. Young people with disabilities from 3-25 have conditions that are overwhelmingly “brain-based” and include learning disabilities, behavioral health and neuro-diverse conditions as well as intellectual limitations. There are 10 times the number of people who use wheeled mobility who have trouble walking. 22M adults are in recovery from addiction. The aging of society has a major impact on incidence and type of functional limitation.

This national project by IHCD intends to tell a compelling story about the experience of disability in America today to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the passage of the ADA on July 26th in 2020. A key focus of our quantitative and qualitative research will be to go beyond the data to tell stories of people who illuminate the 2020 experience and inform our understanding of what full participation requires today. 

The project team includes Dr. Erica Walker, Matthew Brault, P.J. Moynihan, Jessica Broughton and Matthew O’Neil. 

IHCD deeply appreciates the generous support of the Meyers family: Anne, David and Jon.