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CDC Promotes How to Be a Disability A.L.L.Y. and Help Promote Inclusion for All

Disability affects nearly 1 in 4 (26%) adults in the United States. Including people with disabilities in everyday activities and creating accessible environments and equitable opportunities that support people with disabilities in holding roles that are the same and/or similar to their peers who do not have a disability is disability inclusion, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Understanding Disability Inclusion

This involves more than simply encouraging people to participate in activities. It requires making sure that adequate policies, accessible programs, and inclusive practices are in effect in a community or organization. Disability inclusion means understanding the relationship between the way people function, how they can participate in society, and making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires.

Disability inclusion entails identifying barriers that potentially impact people with disabilities to independently live and be fully engaged in their communities. Every community member can make a difference and play a part in addressing those barriers. For example, healthcare professionals and administrators can create more inclusive health care for patients with disabilities. Take steps to learn how you can increase disability inclusion and accessibility for all to improve the health, well-being, and participation of people with disabilities in your community.

“Health equity means optimal health and well-being for all people. Each of us has a role to play in promoting health and achieving health equity for people with disabilities. Please join us and become an ALLY.”

~ Dr. Karen Remley, CDC’s Director for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

CDC’s Call to Action on Promoting Disability Inclusion

Join the CDC in promoting disability inclusion and accessibility for all by sharing resources and information on your social media channels, blogs, podcasts, and more. Use the resources posted online, share the sample social media posts below, and/or contact CDC to interview a subject matter expert.

The following social media posts are examples you can use as-is or modify to align with your personal or your organization’s mission or preferences. Consider using #DisabilityALLY, #Diversability, and/or #Inclusion4Health in your social media posts

Sample Social Media Posts 

Facebook

ALLY:
Acknowledge and respect individual experiences and abilities.
Learn about different disability types.
Leverage your influence to promote accessibility and inclusion.
Yield the floor to people with disabilities to help identify and eliminate barriers.

#DisabilityALLY #Diversability #Inclusion4Health

Illustration of a Black person in a wheel chair, a White person, a vision-impaired Asian person with a walking stick, and a Black person with a prosthetic leg. CDC logo

Twitter 

Is your local playground inclusive for all? We all have a role to play in creating more inclusive communities for people with disabilities.

#DisabilityALLY #Diversability #Inclusion4Health

Illustration of a playground with various equipment that is accessible for all, and several people and children enjoying the space. The graphic shows two dads having a picnic with their daughter, a boy in a wheelchair playing at a sensory station, two women walking a dog, children swinging, a woman working on her laptop on a bench, a father with his child on his shoulders, a mother catching her child coming down the slide, and a mother taking her two daughters to a soccer game, one daughter has a prosthetic leg. CDC logo

Instagram

Add hashtags: #DisabilityALLY #Diversability #Inclusion4Health

Illustration of a medical exam room with a Black female doctor handing a clipboard with paperwork in braille to a White, vision-impaired male patient who is sitting on the exam table. CDC logo

Add these buttons to your website, email signature, or newsletters!

Let your networks know you’re a Disability A.L.L.Y. by displaying the buttons below! Whether you add them to your website or email signature or include them in your distribution materials, these buttons let others know you’re committed to health equity and inclusion.

Button & Accompanying Text

I'm a Disability A.L.L.Y.

Be an A.L.L.Y.

*Acknowledge and respect individual experiences and abilities.

*Learn about different disability types.

*Leverage your influence to promote accessibility and inclusion.

*Yield the floor to people with disabilities to help identify and eliminate barriers.


Ask me how to be a Disability A.L.L.Y.

Be a Disability A.L.L.Y. and promote inclusion for all.

Acknowledge * Learn * Leverage * Yield *

Source: CDC