The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of workers to ask for accommodations at work to help them manage more easily. But research has found that older workers are less likely to ask for help, because they worry they'll be perceived as old instead, and that their disability is a result of their age.
There are an estimated 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in America. The number of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and people with other disabilities worldwide is equal to the population of China. This does NOT include the number of friends and family including children who travel with us.
Childhood provides a crucial window for changing cultural perceptions of disability. It is obviously beneficial to children who are disabled or have a disabled family member to be in an atmosphere where their differences are understood as a valued form of diversity, rather than a source of discomfort or fear.