Disability impacts all of us : a snapshot of disability in the United States
Published Date:July 30, 2015
Corporate Authors:National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (U.S.). Division of Human Development and Disability.
Description:A snapshot of disability in the United States.
• 22 percent of adults in the United States have some type of disability. Graphic of the United States.
• The percentage of people living with disabilities in each state is highest in the Southeast. Graphic of the Southeastern United States.
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types:
• 13 percent of people with a disability have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
• 10.6 percent of people with a disability have a cognition disability with serious difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
• 6.5 percent of people with a disability have an independent living disability with difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping.
• 4.6 percent of people with a disability have a vision disability with blindness or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
• 3.6 percent of people with a disability have a self-care disability with difficulty dressing or bathing.
Disability and communities.
Disability is especially common in these two groups, women and minorites.
• 1 in 4 women has a disability.
• 3 in 10 non-Hispanic Americans have a disability.
Disability costs 400 billion dollars per year in health care expenditures.
Disability and livelihood.
• Nearly half of those with an annual household income of less than 15,000 dollars reported a disability.
• 1 in 3 unemployed adults who are able to work reported a disability.
• 4 in 10 adults who have not completed high school reported a disability.
Disability and health.
Adults with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, have high blood pressure and be inactive:
• 38.4 percent of adults with a disability are obese while 24.4 percent of adults without a disability are obese.
• 30.3 percent of adults with a disability smoke while 16.7 percent of adults without a disability smoke.
• 41.7 percent of adults with a disability have high blood pressure while 26.3 percent of adults without a disability have high blood pressure.
• 36.3 percent of adults with a disability are inactive while 23.9 percent of adults with a disability are inactive.
Adults with disabilities are 3 times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer.
Making a difference.
Public health is for all of us.
Join CDC and its partners as we work together to improve the health of people with disabilities.
CDC and its partners work together to improve the lives of people with disabilities by:
• Promoting healthy living,
• Monitoring public health data
• Research and reducing health disparities
• Building inclusive health program
• Supporting national and state programs.
Brought to you by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The Division of Human Development and Disability.
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