Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Census data for Americans with disabilities

civilrights.org reports the following statistics after 16 years of the American with Disabilities Act:

51.2 million
18 percent of the population - have some level of disability

32.5 million
-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.

2.7 million
-people age 15 and older who use a wheelchair.

9.1 million use an ambulatory aid such as a cane, crutches or walker.

Specific Disabilities
1.8 million
-people age 15 and older who report being unable to see.

1 million
-people age 15 and older who report being unable to hear.

2.6 million
-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.

14.3 million
-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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wondering how they define a nonsevere disability - waters down the figures if it's broadly construed. However, the figures for those with severe disability do reflect the disparity I see in my work.