Educate Yourself on Disability Advocacy

Your DGB for today is to familiarize yourself with the most common ADA violations, the reporting process, and other ways to support the disabled community. Whether you have a disability or are looking to be a better ally, this will arm you with the tools you need to be an advocate.

Most of us will experience some kind of disability in our lifetime. This may be congenital, the result of a chronic illness or injury, or just part of the aging process. Despite how prevalent disabilities are, coupled with the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is now almost 17 years old, many challenges exist for those with both visible and unnoticeable disabilities. These setbacks result in higher unemployment and higher poverty rates for the disabled community.

There is a wealth of specific ADA compliance information here but, for a short lesson on common transgressions, read this article.

Next time you see an issue with non-compliance, follow the instructions on submitting a complaint to the Department of Justice here.

Every disenfranchised community needs strong allies. Maybe the thought of pointing out a bathroom non-compliance issue to a restaurant manager makes you nervous, but step outside of your comfort zone and speak up. This is a great article on being an ally to people with disabilities.