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July 2005
LANDMARK DISABILITY SURVEY FINDS PERVASIVE DISADVANTAGES

Washington, D.C. June 24, 2004 Americans with disabilities are at a critical disadvantage compared to other Americans in ten key areas of life, according to the 2004 National Organization on Disability/Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities, but there is slow progress in the indicators, which Harris has tracked since 1986. Some findings:

"Progress is too slow, and the gaps are still too large," said National Organization on Disability President Alan A. Reich, "... Our goal of full participation is a dream deferred. I hope that the findings we are releasing today will inspire legislators, public officials, and the American people to rededicate themselves to this goal. A fifth of Americans have disabilities; everyone knows people with disabilities; and anyone can acquire a disability at any time. Everyone has a stake in these findings."