FISA announces a new initiative!
FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments convened nearly 250 nonprofit and foundation leaders on November 21 to launch Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward. About 1 in 4 American adults has limited mobility, difficulty hearing or seeing, learning differences, mental health conditions, autism, or other disabilities that affect a major part of life. In fact, people with disabilities are the largest minority group in the US. People with disabilities are part of every community, but research conducted by RespectAbility shows that far too often nonprofits and foundations don’t recognize this. Many aren’t intentional about including people with disabilities in their definitions of diversity and may perpetuate barriers that keep people out. For instance, they may host events at locations that aren’t accessible, or fail to ask participants if they need accommodations like ASL interpreters. This initiative aims to encourage foundations and nonprofit organizations to commit to basic accessibility improvements that would make programs and services more welcoming.
Next steps include:
- Technical assistance to promote accessibility and inclusion, including upcoming webinars and a directory of online resources.
- A small grants program, intended to assist nonprofits in being more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities. (Details will be announced in early 2020)
Go to www.DisabilityInclusionPgh.org for more information.