Race, Ethnicity and Disability

National Disability Institute envisions a society where all people with disabilities have the same opportunities to achieve employment, financial stability and independence as people without disabilities.

National Disability Institute (NDI) envisions a society where all people with disabilities have the same opportunities to achieve employment, financial stability and independence as people without disabilities. We acknowledge the disability community is diverse and the intentional inclusion of underrepresented groups is required, with Black, Indigenous and Latinx individuals in particular.

The disability community is diverse. NDI has been a leader in the intentional inclusion of underrepresented groups, with a particular focus on Black, Indigenous and Latinx individuals with disabilities.

NDI has been committed and will continue to be intentionally inclusive of race, ethnicity and disability in our research, programs, leadership, partnerships and policy development.

Research

NDI’s proprietary research on race, ethnicity and disability, which began in 2016, has consistently demonstrated that Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities experience the greatest disparities for people with disabilities.

NDI’s research includes the following publications that highlight, not only economic disparities between people with and without disabilities, but also between individuals with and without disabilities further adversely impacted by race, ethnicity and gender.

REPORT
Financial Inequality: Disability, Race and Poverty in America
(February 2017)
This groundbreaking report explores the prevalence of disability by race and the impact of race and disability on factors like education, banking status and more.
REPORT
Closing the Disability Gap: Reforming the Community Reinvestment Act Regulatory Framework
(June 2019)
This article was published by NDI in the Spring 2019 issue of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. The Journal, published by Georgetown University Law Center, is considered a leading journal on poverty and social reform issues.
RESEARCH BRIEF
Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Financial Impact of Systemic Inequality and Intersectionality
(August 2020)
The brief shares a historical context for understanding intersectionality, the financial impacts on BIPOC individuals with disabilities and presents a set of conclusions and recommendations that should involve all of us.
WEBINAR
Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Financial Impact of Systemic Inequality and Intersectionality
(April 2021)
This webinar provides an overview of the racial gaps in financial outcomes and the racial wealth divide, and includes a panel discussion on solutions from thought leaders.

Projects

Current employment projects supported by NDI, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic inclusion, include:

Registered Apprenticeship
Self-Employment Community of Practice
Partnership between State VR and Federally-Regulated Banks
Pilot Workforce Program

Current financial inclusion projects supported by NDI include:

Center for Disability-Inclusive Community Development Activities
Regional Roundtables on racial and economic equity
National Convening
The Financial Resilience Center
ABLE National Resource Center BIPOC Workgroup

PARTNERSHIPS

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