Philadelphia's Thomas Sweitzer, of The Campaign Group, is on the board of directors of a new non-profit organization, RespectAbilityUSA.org. According to their website, the organization is:
a brand new national, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is (a) to reshape the attitudes of American society so that people with disabilities can more fully participate in and contribute to society, and b) to empower people with disabilities to achieve as much of the American Dream as their abilities and efforts permit. RespectAbility will work to educate, sensitize and engage Americans to focus on what people with disabilities can do, rather than on what they cannot do. RespectAbility thereby will seek -- gradually, steadily, and in a practical way -- to help increase the number and percentage of Americans with disabilities who engage in gainful employment, start and sustain their own businesses, lift themselves into the middle class, and participate in their communities -- as fully as their abilities and efforts will take them.
Approximately 70% of working-age Americans with disabilities don't have jobs. RespectAbility wants to change that.