A popular post among our English and Spanish readers, our blog post “Disability in the Latino Community” discusses the views on disability within the Latinx/Hispanic community. The views of the Latinx/Hispanic community toward disability within urban and suburban communities seem to be more positive than when we originally published this post in 2012. Attitudes toward disability may be improving, but there is still progress to be made. However, change has been slower within more rural communities. We would like to share some resources that may help Latinx/Hispanics with disabilities and their families to find support within their community:
- The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network provides factsheets in Spanish about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (in Spanish), along with handbooks, guides, and research on ADA topics (in Spanish) to help people with disabilities understand and advocate for their rights. The following Regional Centers within the ADA National Network also provide information and resources in Spanish:
- The Mid-Atlantic Regional ADA Center provides posters and pocket cards in Spanish for access to hotels and access to restaurants and quick tips in Spanish on sign language interpreters and tax incentives.
- The Northeast Regional ADA Center has translated their website into Spanish, where they share local resources and information on employment and accessibility and the ADA, and community and organizational change.
- The Southeast Regional ADA Center also has translated their website into Spanish, where they discuss what’s new and who they are and provide publications, resources, and services.
- The Southwest Regional ADA Center also has a website in Spanish, where they discuss the Center does and provide trainings, publications, and a guide about the laws on the civil rights of people with disabilities.
- The Great Plains Regional ADA Center provides technical assistance services in Spanish.
- The National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) is a volunteer organization comprised of Latinx leaders with disabilities and allies that celebrates their intersectional identity, leads the way on spotlighting important intersectional issues, and advocates for the rights of Latinxs with disabilities. CNLD’s scholarly leaders have pioneered research to assess the needs of Latinxs with disabilities. CNLD also provides resources, including a link to the NIDILRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities who also provides information and resources to Latinx/Hispanic parents with disabilities.
If you would like to find more organizations that assist and provide information to Latinxs/Hispanics with disabilities in the US and around the world, search NARIC’s KnowledgeBase. If you have any questions or would like further information, contact NARIC’s information specialists.