civilrights.org reports the following statistics after 16 years of the American with Disabilities Act:
18 percent of the population - have some level of disability
-people with a severe disability. They represent 12 percent of the population.
Percentage of children ages 6 to 14 who have a disability - 4 million children.
-people age 15 and older who use a wheelchair.
9.1 million use an ambulatory aid such as a cane, crutches or walker.
-people age 15 and older who report being unable to see.
-people age 15 and older who report being unable to hear.
-people age 15 and older who have some difficulty having their speech understood by others. Of this number, 610,000 were unable to have their speech understood at all.
-people with limitations in cognitive functioning or a mental or emotional illness that interferes with their daily activities.
-of people ages 21 to 64 having some type of disability and also employed in the last year. The rate ranged from 82 percent of those with a nonsevere disability to 43 percent with a severe disability. For those without a disability, the rate is 88 percent.
Percentage of people with a nonsevere disability who work full time, year-round. This compares to 53 percent without a disability and 13 percent with a severe disability.
The poverty rate for people ages 25 to 64 with a nonsevere disability. This compares to 26 percent for those with a severe disability and 8 percent of those without a disability.