NICOA Introduces a New Toolkit to Better Understand Indigenous People Living with Disabilities
By Kaili Berg
July 14, 2023
The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) introduced a new toolkit dedicated to increasing awareness and knowledge of the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people living with disabilities.
The toolkit contains information about disabilities, tribes, and resources.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 30 percent of AI/AN adults have a disability, the highest rate of disability among any other ethnicity.
“Some of the statistics that surprised me most was that 1 in 3 AI/AN adults all have a disability. That’s higher than any other race in the U.S. I believe this is something that we really need to tackle and bring awareness to,” Desiree Lapahie, Data Analyst, said in a NICOA webinar on Thursday.
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