We can do better – ADA

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This morning, I woke and thought, what am I going to write about? Today is the day to vote. I am still not going to talk about the election. I already cast my vote early. If you’re one of the undecided’s who cannot make a decision – I cannot help you. Other than say this – in this country, we fought for the right and privilege to vote. To not cast a vote, you would not have earned the right to: 1) complain about the outcome, 2) protest about the outcome and, 3) lash out against your peers about the outcome. If you want to have a voice, to complain, protest, and lash out – go vote. At least you’re doing something. Otherwise, hold your peace until the next election.

I’ve been self-employed for quite some time. Do I enjoy it? For the most part, yes. Other times, no.

Anyways, majority of small business owners are women – according to United States Census latest news release published in September 2016, Women owned businesses account for 19.4% percent of receipts in Unites States. (yay!) 10.8% of them have been in business for less than two years and 1.9 percent of them have been in business for 16 or more years.  (Hmm – interesting observation) This was based on their 2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs – which you can find here.

What I found more interesting was what was missing. There was no mention of percentage of self-employed business owners who were disabled. It does refer to percentage of minority owned business owners – there are 949,318 minority owned firms – more than half or 53.4 percent were Asian owned; 11.4 percent were African American, 2.8 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native owned; 0.5 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Islander owned and 31.5 percent were Hispanic owned.

Veterans accounted for 7.5 percent.

But no mention of percentage of those who were disabled that were self employed. I did locate report about the Anniversary of Americans with Disability Act, published on June 2016. Get this: While there are 10.8 million deaf individuals in the United States – according to the anniversary of American’s with Disability Act, 2344 businesses provided translation and interpretation services in 2012; these businesses employed 24, 926 people and generated revenues of $4.2 billion. In 2007, there were 1975 such establishments, employing 14, 546 people and producing revenues of $1.9 billion. Among those businesses are those that provide sign language services.   Read those numbers again. 10.8 million deaf individuals. Two thousand three hundred forty four businesses provided translation services and employed twenty four thousand and nine hundred twenty six people. What happened to the other nine million or so deaf people?

Oh vey. this Americans with Disability Act shows that we are still woefully behind when it comes to appreciating and providing accessibility to the disabled. We can do better.

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