Inclusion is important for individuals with disabilities but often times, taking part in activities, community events, and employment opportunities requires overcoming extra hurdles.
An estimated 14 percent of the San Antonio population lives with a disability, according to census data from 2011-2015.
Meeting and interacting with new people outside one’s everyday network can be a struggle for anyone, but is even more trying for individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Limited services and a lack of awareness or understanding widen the opportunity gap.
Socialization of a child, for example, is typically a natural phenomenon, but for kids developing on a different pace, making friends and forming relationships can be challenging.
Employees with disabilities may have a more difficult time adjusting to the workplace. Limited transportation options make it harder to maintain contact with family, friends and support networks.
How can San Antonio knock down barriers to inclusion for residents with disabilities?
- S. David Ramirez, director of community relations for the San Japan convention
- Daniel Velasquez, Paralympic shot putter and disability advocate
- Marilyn L. Weber, president & CEO of Deaf Interpreter Services, Inc. (DIS)
- Melanie Cawthon, executive director of disABILITYsa