National Disability Institute (NDI) Executive Director, Michael Morris, gave a keynote presentation today at the 16th Annual Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Held during the first week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this year’s summit theme was Building Economic & Social Inclusion with the Disability Community. The goal of the summit was to increase awareness about the connection between people with disabilities and poverty.
In his keynote address, Mr. Morris highlighted the fact that, twenty-seven years after the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there remain persistent barriers to economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities, a third of whom live below the poverty line. He also shared key findings on the financial behavior and banking status of adults with disabilities from the NDI report, Banking Status and Financial Behaviors of Adults with Disabilities: Findings from the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, which was released in April. The report analyzed FDIC data on households headed by an individual with a disability.
Mr. Morris urged event participants to take action by reaching out to the disability community to identify and develop strategies to advance financial inclusion for Americans with disabilities.
Since 2001, UEDA has developed, sponsored and hosted this summit in an effort to bring together individuals and groups to discuss and explore emerging issues in the economic and community development sector.