In partnership with The Next Move Program, a nonprofit organization that provides job training and related education to young adults with disabilities, the VMHC is displaying portraits featuring remarkable and varied stories of individuals from the Richmond area as part of our Story of Virginia exhibition.
Representing 19% of the total population, the disability community is one of the largest minority groups in the United States. In Virginia, about 11% of the population has a disability. Many barriers exist for this community as they seek opportunities for employment, post-secondary education, financial independence, transportation, and housing.
Nearly two-thirds of Virginians with disabilities between the ages of 21 and 65 are unemployed. With limited opportunities for employment and accessible public transportation, poverty rates are higher for this population than most. When individuals with disabilities have access to proper supports and inclusive programming, they will thrive and have opportunities to fully participate in the community.
“As part of our commitment to presenting a historical narrative that includes all Virginians, we are excited to partner with the Next Move Program and to have the opportunity to feature these inspiring individuals as part of the Story of Virginia,” said Andrew H. Talkov, VMHC Vice President for Exhibition and Publications.
Individuals and photographers featured are as follows: