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#BeCounted: Express Your Disability Pride

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights invites you to take part in the #BeCounted campaign in celebration of Disability Pride Month.

The #BeCounted campaign encourages lawyers with disabilities across the country to add themselves to our U.S. map. Why? According to the 2021 ABA Model Diversity Survey,  “[a]ttorneys with a disability are generally underreported and/or underrepresented at every level and are significantly more likely to work in the “Other Attorney” role compared to all other groups within law firms.” Also, “[f]or the most recent year, most law firms did not hire a single attorney [who] self-identified as . . . having a disability.”  Furthermore, according to a 2023 report from the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), only 1.4% of law firm lawyers surveyed self-identified as having a disability. We (and NALP) believe there are more, given that one in four adults in the United States have a disability. 

Join our #BeCounted campaign and express your disability pride. To participate, complete our short digital form, which will ask for your city and state and disability/ies. The form does not ask for any personally identifiable information.

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City, State Disabilities
Albany, NY blindness, anxiety, depression
Albuquerque, NM ADHD, POTs, Connective Tissue Disorder
Albuquerque, NM Paraplegic from spinal cord injury
Arlington, VA Bilateral deafness
Atlanta, GA Psoriatic arthritis
Atlanta, GA  Multiple sclerosis 
Atlanta, GA Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder
Atlanta, GA Visually impaired
Atlanta, GA Hearing impaired
Austin, TX Congenital hydrocephalus, epilepsy, dyscakculia
Austin, TX Psoriatic arthristis, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorder
Austin, TX Anxiety
Baltimore, MD Below the knee amputation (born without a fibula)
Baltimore, MD Blind / cancer survivor
Baltimore, MD Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (a physical disability)
Bayard, IA Deaf/hard of hearing
Berkeley, CA deaf-hard of hearing 
Berkeley, CA Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder
Beverly Hills, MI hearing impaired, PTSD
Birmingham, AL Multiple Sclerosis
Bloomington, IL War injuries and ADHD
Bloomington, IN Bipolar Disorder
Boston, MA  Hearing loss
Boston, MA Anxiety, PTSD and depression 
Boston, MA ADHD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Brighton, MI Spinal cord injury resulting impaired gate and balance
Brooklyn, NY Anxiety and Depression
Burr Ridge, IL  Pots, chronic pain, ADD
Carbondale, IL C5 quadriplegia from an acute spinal cord injury 
Carbondale, IL impaired mobility
Cary, NC Stage 4 colon Cancer and epilepsy and hard of hearing 
Cary, NC mental illness
Chappaqua, NY hearing imparied
Chevy Chase, MD Hard of hearing due to Meniere's disease 
Chicago, IL anxiety
Chicago, IL Schizoaffective disorder 
Chicago, IL MS
Chicago, IL Vision disability 
Chicago, IL Autoimmune disorder
Chicago, IL Major Depression, ADHD Type IV, Migraine
Chicago, IL Neurological
Chicago, IL deaf/hard-of-hearing; ADHD
Chicago, IL Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
ADHD
Caregiver for family members with disabilities
Chicago, IL Anxiety, cancer survivor
Chicago, IL Chronic Illness, Legally Blind, ADHD, Autism, MI, Diabetes
Chicago, IL hard of hearing
Chicago, IL hearing impaired
Chicago, IL Deaf
Cleveland, OH Ulrichs Muscular Dystrophy, Wheelchair Bound, Tracheostomy / Ventilator Dependent
Cleveland, OH Visual impairment, brain injury-past concussion and post-concussion syndrome, and generalized anxiety disorder
Columbia, SC Chronic pain, migraine disorder, mental illness
Columbus, OH ADHD, Autism, CPTSD
Columbus, OH deaf/Hard of Hearing 
Concord, NH Legally blind
Carbondale, IL quad
Cumberland, MD ADHD, depression / anxiety
Dallas, TX ADD, depression, alcoholism
Decatur, GA deaf and others 
Dekalb, IL ADHD
Dekalb, IL Hearing impaired 
Denver, CO Deaf
Denver, CO Autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic fatigue
Denver, CO ADHD, Autism
Des Moines, IA ADHD, Chronic migraine due to brain injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Des Moines, IA Physical/orthopedic disability. 
Durham, NC Sleep Apnea 
Durham, NC Hearing loss
Eugene, OR Traumatic Brain Injury 
Evanston, IL ME/CFS, severe atopic dermatitis, POTS/dysautonomia
Evergreen, AL Hearing
Fairfax, VA Deaf
Farmington Hills, MI Asthma, type 2 diabetes, POTS, fibromalgia, secondary polycthema, long covid, Hashimoto’s disease, and sever allergies 
Farmington, NM Fabry Disease
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Fort Myers, FL Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic migraine, narcolepsy
Fort Worth, TX ADHD anxiety depression
Germantown, MD Epilepsy since birth
Depression
Adult onset Asthma
Greer, SC ADHD, Anxiety, and Alcoholism
Gulfport, FL  Arthrogryposis 
Haddonfield, NJ Psoriatic arthritis
Hartford, CT Multiple sclerosis
Houston, TX Epilepsy
Houston, TX ADHD, Autistic
Huntley, IL Eyesight
Hearing
Indianapolis, IN Multiple sclerosis 
Iowa City, IA Hard of hearing
Jacksonville, AR  Amputation, diabetes, depression, anxiety
Jacksonville, FL ADHD and Autism
Jersey City, NJ Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and many other associated symptoms/conditions that limit mobility, lead to severe fatigue, and cause chronic pain.
Kent, WA deaf
Lakeland, FL Hearing loss
Lansing, MI ADHD
Las Vegas, NV PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Migraines
Laurel, MD deaf/hard of hearing
Little Rock, AR blind
Littleton, CO ADHD
Los Angeles, CA Mental illness 
Los Angeles, CA visual impairment
Los Angeles, CA depression/anxiety
Los Angeles, CA clinical depression
Los Angeles, CA Bipolar Disorder
McHenry, IL epilepsy, lipedema, lymphedema, massive localized lymphedema, pseudosarcoma, mobility disabled using rollator, cane, sometimes wheelchair
Mckee, KY Deaf
McLean, VA Severe migraines
Miami, FL Seizure disorder (epilepsy)
Middlebury, CT Autism/ PLEXNA /FragileX/ Epilepsy
Milwaukee, WI Hearing loss (on the line between moderate/severe) R ear.
Minneapolis, MN partial deafness; chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Minneapolis, MN ARFID
Minneapolis, MN Hearing impairment, ADHD, depression
Minneapolis, MN Muscular dystrophy, mobility, anxiety
Minneapolis, MN Crohn's Disease
Minot, ND Hearing impaired
Missouri City, TX Depression, Anxiety, ADHD
Mount Vernon, ME Mobility/Fibromyalgia
Nashville, TN Cerebral palsy on right side of body
Neptune, NJ multiple congenital anomalies
New Orleans, LA ADHD, GAD
New York, NY limited mobility following cancer and major depressive disorder
New York, NY Dyslexia/learning impairment
New York, NY Hearing disability (wear cochlear implants)
New York, NY Neurodivergent 
Noblesville, IN ADHD and Anxiety Disorder
Nutley, NJ Partially deaf, unilateral vestibular loss.
Olympia, WA Nerve damage, PTSD, aphasia, dyspnea, TBI
Olympia, WA Physical from surgery complications
Ontario, OR Mental Health
Orlando, FL ADHD and Dyslexia
Oswego, IL ADHD, Anxiety, Depression
PA Autism, ADHD, and visual impairment
Philadelphia, PA Epilepsy
Philadelphia, PA hearing loss
Philadelphia, PA Hard of hearing
Phoenix, AZ ambulatory wheelchair user with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Phoenix, AZ Deaf
Phoenix, AZ learning disability 
Phoenix, AZ ADHD, Migraine
Phoenix, AZ  Rheumatoid Arthritis 
Pittsburgh, PA Neck, back and knee injuries; anxiety/depression; PTSD; neurodivergent
Plymouth, MI Chronic illness 
Princeton, KY Multiple Sclerosis, Blind
Princeton, IL I have MS and have to use a wheelchair to "walk"
Queens, NY Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Lupus, ADHD
Raleigh, NC Mental health
Raleigh, NC Blind
Ramona, CA Bipolar Disorder 2, ADHD, Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
Rancho Mirage, CA 2 Debilitating painful very rare autoimmune diseases that affect my entire body inside and out, Unable to walk, PTSD (C-PTSD), Major depressive disorder, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, in a long term care nursing home
Reno, NV Bipolar Disorder
Renton, WA Bi-polar 2 disorder; depression
Richmond, VA Unable to walk
Roaring Brook Township, PA  Binocular vision dysfunction, autism, adhd
Sacramento, CA Anxiety
Sacramento, CA  Cerebral Palsy 
Sacramento, CA  Cancer survivor, anxiety, depression
Salt Lake City, UT Deaf
San Antonio, TX Deaf
San Antonio, TX ADHD, Hypothyroidism
San Francisco, CA eyesight
San Francisco, CA Marfan Syndrome, ADHD, ASD
San Francisco, CA ADHD
San Jose, CA Cardiac disease, depression, PTSD
San Jose, CA Congenital neuromuscular foot deformities which impact my mobility.
Santa Ana, CA deaf
Santa Barbara, CA Epilepsy
Santa Fe, NM Autism, chronic pain, depression
Santa Rosa, CA Connective Tissue Disease, limited mobility, not all my fingers move on the same day on a good day I can use a cane to get around, otherwise isolated at home
Seattle, WA Cerebral Palsy
Hard of hearing
Monocular vision
Seattle, WA Bipolar Disorder
Seattle, WA Advanced heart failure; 9 inoperable brain anuerysm sites
Seattle, WA ADHD, PTSD, OCD, POTS, Fibromyalgia, EBV
Seattle, WA ADHD; dyslexia
Seattle, WA cognitive, mobility, vision
Seattle, WA Multiple Sclerosis
Silver Spring, MD muscular dystrophy, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorders, migraines, etc. 
Silver Spring, MD long COVID, osteoarthritis, anxiety, potential autism
Sleepy Hollow, IL I have a macular hole in one eye, leaving me with no depth perception.  The vision in my "good" eye is also poor, leaving me with a minor visual disability and a need for a largish sized computer monitor and strong reading glasses. 
Smithfield, NC autism, dyslexia
St Louis, MO bilateral hearing loss
St Louis, MO ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Other Specified Neurodevelopmental Disorder
Sycamore, IL Recovering from a broken neck (mobility issues and restricted regarding my ability to drive.  End term Kidney failure (Dialysis three days per week, four hours per session, transportation time and time to get on th machine and time to get off.
Tampa, FL Celiac Disease
Tampa, FL Multiple sclerosis
Tempe, AZ Hard of hearing (have used hearing aids for years), chronic illnesses (Lupus, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), autistic
Terre Haute, IN  Parkinson’s Disease 
Toledo, OH ADHD, ASD, chronic illness, depression 
Troy, MI Impaired hearing
Tulsa, OK Paraplegic using a manual wheelchair full time.  
Uniondale, NY Arthrogryposis a form of arthritis and I use a power wheelchair for mobility.
University Place, WA Hearing Impaired
Ventura, CA  TBI
Washington, DC Blind/low-vision
Washington, DC Depression, anxiety, PTSD
Washington, DC Deaf
Washington, DC cerebral palsy, anxiety
Washington, DC I am autistic and have mental health conditions
Washington, DC Cognitive
Washington, DC POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
Washington, DC Type 1 Diabetes
Washington, DC Deafness
Washington, DC Deaf
Washington, DC Multiple disabilities (dyslexia and chronic illnesses)
Washington, DC Cerebral Palsy
Washington, DC Mobility
Washington, DC yes
Washington, DC Blind
West Des Moines,  IA General pustual psoriasis 
White Plains, NY Deaf/hard of hearing 
Wood Dale, IL Meniere's Disease
York, PA brain aneurysm with multiple physical and cognitive disabilities

Note: This is an ongoing initiative, so we will be accepting responses beyond July.

For updates to the map, follow us on Twitter (@ABADisability) or visit this page. If you have any questions, please email Sarah Katz  at [email protected].