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Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26

MEDIA RELEASE

This day marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.

Population Distribution

 

36 million
Number of people who have a disability. They represent 12 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population.

By age:

  • 5 percent of children 5 to 17 have disabilities.
  • 10 percent of people 18 to 64 have disabilities.
  • 37 percent of adults 65 and older have disabilities.

Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

12.3%
Percentage of females with a disability, compared with 11.6 percent of males.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

18.8%
Percentage of people with a disability in West Virginia, highest of all states. Utah has the lowest with 8.9 percent of its residents reporting a disability.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

Specific Disabilities

 

10.2 million
Number of people who have a hearing difficulty. Of these, 5.8 million are 65 and older.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

6.5 million
Number of people with a vision difficulty.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

13.5 million
Number of people 5 and older who have difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions. Of these, 2.1 million are children 5 to 17 years of age.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

19.4 million
Number of people 5 and older who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

On the Job

 

6%
Percentage of disabled workers 16 and older who use public transportation to commute to work. In addition, 70 percent of people with a disability drive alone, 13 percent carpool, 4 percent walk and 3 percent use a taxicab, motorcycle, bicycle or other means.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

22%
Percentage of disabled workers 16 and older who work in the educational services and health care and social assistance industries, the highest of any industry.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

Income and Poverty

 

21%
Percent of the population age 16 and older with a disability that are below the poverty level. Eleven percent of the population age 16 and older without a disability are below the poverty level.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

72%
Percentage of disabled people 16 and older who are not in the labor force. Twenty-seven percent of people without a disability are not in the labor force.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

$18,865
Median earnings of the population age 16 and older with a disability, this compares with $28,983 for the population without a disability.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

Serving Our Nation

 

$35.3 billion
Amount of compensation veterans received for service-connected disabilities in fiscal year 2008.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011, Table 521
www.census.gov/compendia/stata…

Education

 

28%
Percentage of people 25 and older with a disability who have less than a high school graduate education. This compares with 12 percent for those with no disability.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

13%
Percentage of people 25 and older with a disability who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This compares with 31 percent for those with no disability.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey factfinder.census.gov

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