What makes this group unique is that the disabled minority person finds him- or herself at the unique disadvantaged of belong to two groups which have been, traditionally, oppressed in the United States.
Regarding minority populations and disability, the National Council on Disability (1993) has stated that as a result of factors such as poverty, unemployment, and poor health status, persons of minority backgrounds are at high risk of disability, and that the number of persons from minority populations who have disabilities is not only disproportionate to their numbers in the overall population but is also increasing. Moreover, the Council reports that the proportion of minority populations with disabling conditions will probably increase at even faster rates than that of the general population.
Further, there is considerable research suggesting that the rehabilitation/counseling needs of minority disabled groups are not being met. The National Council on Disability (1993) states that the needs of these individuals have been ignored largely for two reasons: First, minority populations have been generally preoccupied with their own particular needs related to survival and elimination of discrimination and racism; disability issues affecting minorities have not been a priority. Second, the disability community has been preoccupied with general disability issues, such as access to health insurance, personal assi