In the world, there are an estimated over one billion people living with a disability (WHO, n.d). To put that number in perspective, that means 1 in 6 people. Those living with a disability face many health inequities as a result of limited physical and/or mental capabilities. The CDC reports that 1 in 4 adults with disabilities do not have a usual healthcare provider and have unmet healthcare needs because of the cost (CDC, n.d).
On July 26, 1990 The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush. This law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. In that same year, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day. While this day is not nationally recognized, many major cities across the country have begun celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the ADA. On this day, it is important to celebrate and honor and also bring awareness to challenges faced by the disabled community.