Disability Inclusive Philanthropy
People with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty than people without disabilities. Consider these statistics: one in five Americans has a disability, yet only 7% complete college. In Maryland, 78% of people without disabilities aged 18 to 64 are employed but only 40% of people with disability are employed. Before the Americans with Disabilities Act, 70% of people with disabilities nationally were out of the work force. Today, 26 years later, that percentage remains the same.
Grantmakers of all sizes, types, and interest areas can take steps toward achieving better outcomes for people with disabilities – both by being more inclusive in their organization and in their grantmaking.
At this program we’ll hear from experts about the wide-range of issues faced by people with disabilities in Maryland, services available, as well as gaps in services, and explore possibilities related to disability inclusive philanthropy.
Our speakers will be:
- Carol Beatty, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities
- Mike Bullis, Executive Director of The IMAGE Center; and
- Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Co-Founder/President or RespectAbility and Co-Founder of the Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund.
This program is for Maryland Philanthropy Network and WRAG members and other invited funders only.