Some startling statistics
In a recent webinar on competitive employment landscapes, some startling and all too revealing statistics were given regarding the disabled/neurodiverse population in America.
- Only 33.8% of adults with any disability are working (or 66.2% are unemployed)
- 31.2% of adults with a mental health related disability are working (of 68.8% are unemployed)
- Only 11.1% of those with with a developmental disability defined as a cognitive disability and/or who are on SSI are working (89.9% not working)
- Only 25% of people with disabilities live in poverty in 2009. In 2017, 24.9% lived in poverty.
It’s sad and frustrating that after 30 years over 65% of adults with a mental health related disability are still unemployed. And, not only that, upwards of 90% of adults with a developmental disability are also out of work.
Mind you, this is despite the tremendous amount of money spent every year. Needless to say, very little progress is occurring.
More needs to be done
Clearly, the status quo has done little to support our disabled and/or neurodivergent communities. This must change.
For too long, “awareness” and “advocacy” efforts have missed the mark. We must recommit to significantly improving the quality of life, independence, and so much more for each person impacted by autism or any other disability.
Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been and continue to be poured into the disability community, tens if not hundreds of thousands of families and individuals still go without the essential support and resources they need. Instead, they are placed on waiting lists that often require years of waiting to get access to those much needed services.
So, what more can be done? And, where do we start?
One possible solution
Let’s be honest, caring for a child with autism can be challenging. There are many unknowns, and often, the daily needs (at least early on) can be quite extensive. Oftentimes, depending on your child’s diagnosis, there may be multiple comorbidities that arise, medications, even procedures that are needed.
Let me be clear, this is not meant to alarm you. For most, these are worst case scenarios. However, it’s better to be over prepared than under.
At myHana, we have committed ourselves to working within and on behalf of the neurodivergent community.
We believe that by helping parents play a more active role in the education, development, and well-being of their child, that families can achieve better and more affordable outcomes.
That’s why we are providing you, the parents, with best in class tools, resources, educational content, subsidized support, counsel, and so much more.
By tapping into the myHana suite of resources, parents will be more equipped to mitigate the financial, communal, educational, and emotional stressors of caregiving; placing them in a better position to care for their child.
In other words, we believe that one of the major drivers in creating better outcomes for children on the spectrum is placing parents in the driver’s seat of their child’s care.
In closing, myHana is here to help parents and families learn new skills and get access to the help they need. As it is our hope to change what is happening (or not happening) with the well-being of neurodivergent people everywhere.
The myHana Team