Wheelchairs Users Least Accommodated Among Marginalized Groups
Author: BraunAbility | Contact: braunability.com
Synopsis: BraunAbility survey reveals people who use wheelchairs found least accommodated among marginalized groups with only 23% of mobility disability community believing people with mobility challenges are fairly accommodated. BraunAbility found a gap in how the general public and The Driving Force believe people with mobility disabilities are accommodated, highlighting two different views of the world. When it comes to accommodations in the workplace and businesses, the majority of The Driving Force agree that organizations are not doing enough to create equal employment opportunities for those with mobility disabilities.
Despite a steady year of diversity, equality and inclusion conversations, the 2021 BraunAbility Drive for Inclusion Report Card uncovered that of all marginalized groups, those with mobility challenges have the fewest accommodations to be fully included in society. Compared with 2020 results, the report also found a disappointing 14% decline in the public's willingness to understand and accommodate those with mobility challenges, indicating a seemingly "back to normal" attitude as the nation's restrictions begin to lift.
″After COVID, it seems many people are already quickly forgetting to accommodate the needs of those in wheelchairs," noted a wheelchair user who responded to the survey.
BraunAbility, the leading manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and lifts, conducted its second-annual Drive for Inclusion Report Card study to assess the nation's state of inclusion. BraunAbility surveyed both the general public and The Driving Force, an online community of nearly 1,900 individuals with mobility challenges and their caregivers. The objective is to identify obstacles to inclusion based on perceptions - or misperceptions - between the general public and those with mobility disabilities. The Report Card gives voice to those with mobility challenges, with the ultimate goal of furthering diversity and inclusion for everyone.
This year, BraunAbility found a gap in how the general public and The Driving Force believe people with mobility disabilities are accommodated, highlighting two different views of the world. The 2021 Drive for Inclusion Report Card revealed three key opportunity areas:
- Fair Accommodations: Only 23% of The Driving Force think people with mobility challenges are fairly accommodated, while 61% of the general public see it that way.
- Inclusive Design: 79% of The Driving Force believe society is most lacking in design and development of accommodations within businesses they frequent, versus 37% of the general public, a disconnect of 42 points.
- Bias & Fair Representation: Those with a mobility disability are two times more likely than the general population to see a lack of inclusion of people with mobility challenges when accommodations for that very audience are being designed.
Workplace & Business Accommodations Not Making the Grade
When it comes to accommodations in the workplace and businesses, the majority of The Driving Force agree that organizations are not doing enough to create equal employment opportunities for those with mobility disabilities. Both groups rated their employers with a C grade for accommodations for those with mobility challenges, with only 7% of The Driving Force assigning their employers an A grade. When reflecting on all aspects of society, those with a mobility disability overwhelmingly reported that businesses' design and development of accommodations is what is lacking the most.
Despite living in a dollar-driven society, only a handful of companies garnered recognition as leading the way in disability inclusion. BraunAbility sees this as a huge miss for both employers and product and service providers given the disposable income for working-age people with disabilities is about $490 billion(1). That disposable income is comparable to other significant market segments, such as African Americans ($501 billion) and Hispanics ($582 billion), according to the same study.
Top 3 Companies Recognized as Mobility Inclusion Leaders
The Driving Force spoke up with companies and organizations they feel are leading the way in inclusion efforts:
- Marriott International
- The Home Depot
- Costco Wholesale
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
Inclusive Business Criteria
These companies all have three things in common: they prioritize the following criteria The Driving Force identified as key to advancing mobility inclusion.
- Seek input from people with mobility challenges on the design and development of products and/or accessible accommodations (70%).
- Increase accommodations for people with mobility challenges (62%).
- Include those with mobility or other disabilities in how they represent their company or consumers to the public (39%).
"As a company founded by someone using a wheelchair, BraunAbility applauds these companies who have upped their efforts in inclusive design," said BraunAbility CEO Staci Kroon. "This Report Card tells us more needs to be done. In solidarity with The Driving Force, we're calling on corporate leaders to step in to fill that void. As an advocate for inclusion, we believe listening is where true understanding begins and intent turns into action."
BraunAbility Infographic: Only 23% of a mobility disability community think people with mobility challenges are fairly accommodated, according to a BraunAbility survey.
For Visually Impaired: What the Infographic Reads
5 BraunAbility 2021 Drive for Inclusion Report Card Key Findings
We surveyed the general public and The Driving Force, a mobility disability community, on the state of disability inclusion. This Report Card gives voice to those with mobility challenges with the intent of understanding the disconnect between those two audiences.
What Did They Tell Us?
In 2021, we found a gap between how the general public and The Driving Force view how people with mobility disabilities are accommodated. Three key opportunities rose to the top:
1. Fair Accommodations
2. Inclusive Design
3. Bias & Representation
Only 23% of The Driving Force think people with mobility challenges are fairly accommodated in contrast to 61% of the general public.
Both The Driving Force & General Public Agree
...that of all marginalized groups, those with mobility challenges have the fewest accommodations to be included in society.
In the general public's willingness to understand and accommodate people with mobility disabilities versus just one year ago during the height of COVID-19 restrictions.
Lacking Inclusive Design
79% of The Driving Force believe society is most lacking in design and development of accommodations within businesses they frequent, versus 37% of the general public, a disconnect of 42 points.
A Passing Grade
Across The Driving Force and general public, most people gave their employers a C grade in providing accommodations to those with mobility challenges.
Join the Driving Force & Recruit a Friend
If you have a mobility disability or are a caregiver, sign up to become a member of The Driving Force at braunabiiity.com/thedrivingforce
Share Results On Social Media
It's time to unite, mobilize and elevate the voices of the mobility disability community to enact change. Reshare the 2021 Report Card on your social channels today. Tag @BraunAbiIity and #DriveForIncIusion
Tap The Driving Force
If you're a company looking to advance diversity and inclusion by gaining insights from the mobility disability community, reach out about opportunities to engage The Driving Force at braunabiiity.com/thedrivingforce
The path forward is clear. The Driving Force is resolute that the solution to the lack of inclusion is simply to include people with disabilities in the design and development of products or places. In 2019, BraunAbility launched the Drive for Inclusion to do just that.
With the ultimate goal of amplifying the voices of people with mobility challenges and their caregivers, The Driving Force community provides invaluable insight and feedback through online surveys. In turn, BraunAbility amplifies their voices, helping bring mobility disability issues to the forefront.
"It is a beautiful thing when disabled and non-disabled communities work together to achieve progress," said Shane Burcaw, BraunAbility ambassador and social media influencer.
BraunAbility invites those living with a mobility disability and their caregivers to share their voices and insights by joining The Driving Force online survey community at www.BraunAbility.com/TheDrivingForce
To review the full 2021 Drive for Inclusion Report Card and to learn more about Drive for Inclusion, visit www.DriveforInclusion.com
Drive for Inclusion
Drive for Inclusion is BraunAbility's global movement to unite voices and take action for mobility inclusion, accessibility and independence for those living with mobility challenges and their caregivers. An online survey community will gather insights, listen to stories and ultimately, share learnings more broadly to create a more mobility-inclusive society that makes it possible for people of all ability levels to fully contribute to the world around them. BraunAbility invites anyone living with a mobility challenge, including caregivers, to join our online survey community at BraunAbility.com/TheDrivingForce
BraunAbility is the world's leading manufacturer of mobility transportation solutions, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, wheelchair lifts and seating, storage and securement products. Founded nearly 50 years ago by Ralph Braun, an entrepreneur who spent most of his life in a wheelchair, the company has grown into the most well-known and trusted name in the mobility industry, bringing independence to millions of individuals across the world. BraunAbility is a wholly owned subsidiary to Patricia Industries, a division of Investor AB Group. Visit www.braunability.com for more information.
(1) According to a 2018 American Institutes for Research study, "A Hidden Market: The Purchasing Power of Working-Age Adults With Disabilities."
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Cite This Page (APA): BraunAbility. (2021, July 26). Wheelchairs Users Least Accommodated Among Marginalized Groups. Disabled World. Retrieved January 20, 2022 from www.disabled-world.com/disability/statistics/marginalized.php