The power of the disability community is undeniable; it is an incredible labor and customer market:
- 56 million people with disabilities plus close family, friends, and supporters comprise almost one-third of the United States population
- 20 million of 70 million families in the U.S. have at least one member with a disability (1 out of 10 families raising children have at least 1 child with a disability)
- People with disabilities in the U.S. have an annual spending power of $796 billion – more than any ethnic minority group ($200 billion more than the African American community $300 billion more than the Hispanic community - and this does not take into account family, friends, and supporters)
- With the baby boom generation retiring and tightening immigration laws, people with disabilities are the last untapped labor source in the country (66.7% unemployment).
- Targeting the disability community as a customer and labor source is one of the hot, new, rising trends in the American business community. Companies like Walgreens (www.walgreensoutreach.com), CVS, Starbucks, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Hyatt, and Bank of America have already initiated large scale outreach efforts to the disability community.