Per the Dept. of Justice:
- In 1990 there were 43 million disabled adults in the U.S. – that was 1/5 our population
- Per the 2010 Census Bureau there were 50 million disabled adults – that’s 1 in 5 adults!
- By the year 2030 in the age 65+ category – we’ll have double that number!!
- $175 Billion – determined to be discretionary spending of the “disabled” population
- Less than 10% of the blind population is “totally” blind
- There is 60% vision impairment for the 65+ population
- Fear is the most common factor when dealing with a person with a disability
- 10% of today’s population cannot walk a 1/4 mile or navigate stairs
- 25,139 increased to 34,763 ADA access lawsuits filed in CA per “Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse” in the past few years
Per the Defense Dept.:
- Nearly 213,000 military personnel will have suffered traumatic brain trauma injuries in Iraq & Afghanistan since 2000
- Rand Corp. estimate 300,000 veterans from both conflicts suffer from PTSD or major depression
Per Veterans Administration:
- One veteran every 85 minutes, commits suicide. The majority are under 23 years old!
Per California State Guide Dog Board:
- There are 10,000 guide dogs in the U.S – 2,000 of which are in California
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law… not a building code
Denying access to a disabled person with a service animal is a serious violation of the ADA. This can result in a business being liable for penalties of up to $100,000, plus the disabled person’s attorney fees.
Denial of access to a disabled person with a service animal also violates the laws of virtually every state, which can lead to additional penalties and liability. In some states, such a violation is a crime that can result in monetary fines and imprisonment.