WHEREAS, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the oldest and boldest civil rights organization, having been fighting against discrimination for more than 100 years; and
WHEREAS, disability is a normal part of the human experience; and
WHEREAS, nationally, people of color have the highest rate of disability among working age adults, including Native Americans at 16%, African Americans at 11% and Hispanics at 7%; and
WHEREAS, 1 in 4 U.S. adults, approximately 61 million Americans, have a disability that impacts major life activities; and
WHEREAS, more than 50% individuals with a disability reported that their disability was severe; and
WHEREAS, based on the 2010 Census, nearly 6.7million people, or about 19 percent of the population, had a disability according to a broad definition of disability; and
WHEREAS, there are currently about 2.7 million wheelchair users in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP state, regional and national conferences are held at venues across the country and persons with a disability are encouraged to attend and participate.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP ensure all venues where NAACP events are held are in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).