People with disabilities control $8 trillion in spending

That figure is enormous and is hard to understand until it is explained in terms of other things.

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  1. I can’t even fathom how much $8 trillion is.

No, I didn’t make that $8 trillion figure up.

The value of the global disability purchasing market came from a 2016 report called The Global Economics of Disability from a group called Return On Disability. This incredibly detailed 61-page report performed a statistical analysis based on publicly available data to determine market sizes. People with disabilities (by themselves) in the US alone control approximately $645 billion in disposable income. This amount is almost triple that controlled by the US Hispanic community. Add in non-disposable income, funds belonging to friends and family that people with disabilities can influence and globalize that, and you get $8 trillion total global purchasing power.

How much is $8 Trillion?

Eight trillion dollars is two trillion Happy Meals. Two trillion Happy Meals is 250 happy meals per person on this planet.

Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the bottom of their stomach when they think about the economic damage done by COVID-19.

Very few people have that same feeling when thinking about inaccessibility.

But they should, because the anticipated economic cost of COVID-19 in the US is the same as the value of the global ANNUAL disability economy.

Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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