Help is needed to fund the World Institute on Disability
With the tough economic times, deep budget cuts threaten to undermine years of hard won battles for policies, programs and services crucial to maintaining independence and choice for Americans with disabilities.
And the Word Institute on Disability (WID) is a champion for these critical policies, programs and services that are essential to improving the lives of people with disabilities. These services are especially critical to those whose ability to live independently is most vulnerable to cuts in programs and services.
Did you know that 70 percent of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have service-connected disabilities?
This year the WID launched Vets101.org, a Web site with free career planning tools and information services that help wounded warriors and veterans navigate the maze of information out there and make informed financial and career decisions. This groundbreaking site will simplify and demystify the road from benefits to work for all veterans.
Did you know that confusion about benefits programs keeps many people with disabilities from working, due to fear of losing life-saving benefits and health care?
That’s why the WID produces innovative Web-based tools that help Americans with disabilities to learn about their disability benefits and empower people to return to work.
Did you know that the majority of people with disabilities in the United States live in poverty, with fear of losing their government benefits?
That’s why in 2011 the WID launched the Center on Economic Growth to focus on increasing employment and economic standing of people with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide.
Did you know that most developing countries have few, if any, programs for providing wheelchairs to people who need them?
That’s why the WID’s International Program continues to provide start-up money for a small wheelchair business that employs people with disabilities to produce low-cost, high-quality wheelchairs in the Republic of Georgia. The organization also plans to serve as a partner in the development of a wheelchair manufacturing and assembly project in Morocco.
Did you know that many countries around the world have no legal rights or protections for people with disabilities?
That’s why WID supports the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide, including the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The WID continues to work to advance disability rights and inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa as part of the Justice and Dignity Project – a collaboration of Non-Governmental Organizations focused on human rights.
Did you know that many people with disabilities do not have access to health, nutrition and fitness programs that meet their disability-related needs?
That’s why the WID launched the “New Door” program which combines peer support, accessible fitness programs and healthy nutrition information in accessible ways. This program encourages people with disabilities to take charge of their health, healthcare, and fitness.
The WID cannot do this work alone. The organization relies on community support and generosity of people like you to continue our important work to promote independence, choice and economic empowerment for people with disabilities. With financial support, the WID will continue to move forward with our advocacy and policy work to defend critical programs that keep people with disabilities living in the community and out of institutions and provide necessary health care and employment supports.
Tax-deductible contributions are vital when funds for social justice work are so scarce.
For more information about the WID, visit: www.wid.org and to make a donation to their cause, visit: https://www.fundraise.com/world-institute-on-disability/support-the-world-institute-on-disability.