ADA Compliance and Your Bottom Line
By Clara Rose Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Influence MATTERS | October 02, 2011
According to the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA statistics, 18% of all Americans fall under the ADA provisions, with that number steadily increasing. That is almost 20% of your potential employees, owners or guests; that have different abilities, which may require special accommodations.
The ADA Community
This number includes a wide variety of persons from all walks of life, some you may not have considered.
Consider the impact of the baby boomers – over 75,000,000 strong (not including immigrants). This is the generation that began in 1946 with the end of World War II as the troops came home. It ended in 1964 when the birth control pill became available. 1946 to 1964 gave life to the single largest generation of Americans. That demographic continues to shape our society today and will do so long into the future.
Let's do the math, starting with January 1st 1946 lets add 65 years (the age these boomers become eligible to start retiring) and what do you get? January 1st, 2011. The influential generation that brought us the minivan, disposable diapers and more… has started to retire!
This equates to more than a quarter of the U.S. population that's a part of this colossal group. Somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 everyday of the year for the next 19 years! How many of these baby boomers have – or will have in the future – different abilities that require special accommodations?