Twenty percent of African Americans experience disabilities, and yet when we talk about racial equity, their experiences are rarely considered. Among Black and Brown communities, there is a significant disparity in terms of access to knowledge and care, both currently and historically. These communities also are more likely to be diagnosed with “behavioral challenges” than learning or intellectual disabilities.
In this session, we will bring awareness to the realities of being disabled while also being a racial minority. Presenters will explore systemic barriers that Black and Brown people with disabilities must surmount to receive critical health care and outline what we can do as a society to create equity. You’ll gain strategies to directly engage and empower these communities.