Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: these are the basic rights belonging to every human being according to our nation's Declaration of Independence. As civil rights movements come to fruition, economic advancement and financial security become more of a reality for its people. For people with disabilities, however, financial security is still a struggle.
Financial security starts with education, and real employment opportunities and experiences. People with disabilities should no longer be exploited, or segregated, but instead should be valued for their workforce contributions. Economic advancement comes with public benefit systems that serve as a bridge to self-sufficiency, not a poverty limit under which individuals must make ends meet. Economic freedom brings choices and opportunities.