The 56.7 million Americans with disabilities comprise the US’s largest minority group. I in 6 people will acquire a disability during their lifetime.
The longer we live, the more likely we will acquire a disability, requiring products and services that fulfill age-related changes: cognition, hearing, mobility and vision. By 2030, 71.5 million Baby Boomers will be over 65, possessing half of America's discretionary income and 3/4 of our nation's assets.
There are tax incentives available for barrier removal and making businesses accessible. Accessibility attracts business and discretionary spending from families and friends of people who have disabilities.
Below are a few considerations all Americans can provide, to increase accessibility for people with temporary limitations resulting from accident, illness or injury; and people who have permanent disabilities, including older Americans.
Accessibility Benefits Older Adult Customers
At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities
Free self-paced best practices web course
Customers with Disabilities Mean Business
Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities
Free self-paced accessibility web course
Tax Incentives for Business
Over the past four decades, Disability Educator and Sign Language Instructor Cindy Powell has advised businesses, employers, government agencies and nonprofits about best practices with people with disabilities.
Cindy provides customized training on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), tax incentives and other helpful topics, such as disability etiquette and service animals. Ms. Powell also provides customized sign language training.
Cindy has served on local, state and national disability organization Boards of Directors. Ms. Powell was recipient of International Association of Workforce Professionals' 2006 Services to Specialized Populations award. Cindy’s disability articles appear in print and online.
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