BraunAbility report card reveals low satisfaction with ADA

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Friday, August 14, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – People with mobility disabilities say the Americans with Disabilities Act isn’t very effective most of the time, according to the new BraunAbility Drive for Inclusion Report Card.  

To create the report card, BraunAbility surveyed both the general population and The Driving Force, the company's online community of people with mobility impairments and their caregivers. 

  • While 68% of the general public believe people with mobility challenges are fairly accommodated and included in most aspects of society, only 23% of The Driving Force agree with that statement. 

  • The No. 1 barrier to achieving inclusion, according to The Driving Force, is the lack of involvement of people with mobility issues while mobility accommodations are designed and developed. 

  • Forty percent of The Driving Force believe mobility challenges are rarely considered when organizations and governments develop programs or accessibility accommodations under the category of "diversity and inclusion." 

  • The general public cited people who use wheelchairs as second only to immigrant populations in terms of marginalized groups that have the least input on decisions that impact them – less than women, aging populations or any race or religion. 

  • After having experienced restricted mobility and isolation under shelter-in-place orders, nearly 70% of the general population expressed having a greater willingness to understand and accommodate others who experience isolation or challenges because of a mobility impairment. 

BraunAbility launched Drive for Inclusion to amplify 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 related issues to the forefront. 

"At a time when the pandemic is challenging us all to create new accommodations, and society at large is seeking heightened awareness around social justice, it's imperative this new level of empathy extends to those with mobility challenges," said Staci Kroon, president of BraunAbility.