Disability Ally Initiative
WHY BECOME A DISABILITY ALLY?
An inclusive community makes all the difference for people with disabilities.
Today, how society views disability prevents people from living a quality life.
People often view disability as a negative and personal problem that affects a person. In reality, disability issues and problems come from a person with a disability trying to function in a society that is not accessible. The majority of people living with a disability (and their families) spend a lot of their time advocating for accessibility, the right to receive an education and services they need in school, jobs that they quality for, the right to be treated fairly by people they interact with, a place to live and build long-lasting relationships, and much more.
When businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and other community-based organizations and members take action to become disability allies through the Disability Ally Initiative training, they give people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to be treated fairly, live in an accessible community, take advantage of job, education and housing opportunities without discrimination, and have meaningful interactions with peers and the rest of the community.
DISABILITY ALLY INITIATIVE TRAINING
Disability Ally means...
Environmental barriers limit what people with disabilities get to experience.
An accessible community means people with disabilities can easily take part and enjoy every aspect of life in the community.
Families spend personal time finding resources and doing advocacy work.
With more disability allies in a community, families can spend more time caring for loved ones and using available community resources.
Jobs, education, and housing give people with disabilities a fair opportunity.
An inclusive community creates the opportunity for people with disabilities to live, work and go to school where they want.
Society views disability as a personal problem that is negative.
With the Disability Ally Initiative, society’s view and understanding of disability gets better. Everyday life is more accessible for everyone and people live quality lives.
How are we making a difference?
We are working with local agencies, businesses, organizations, families and all other community members to train and educate staff, teachers, healthcare professionals, clinicians, and others on how to become more inclusive in practice, how to create opportunities for people with disabilities and their families, and how to begin decreasing stigma associated with disabilities.