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Better, stronger, tougher: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly at TED 2014

A brave woman. A devoted husband. And the result of dedicated therapists who helped Mrs. Giffords rebuild her life through passionate and effective physical medicine and rehabilitation!

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(L-R) Pat Mitchell interviews Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. Photo: James Duncan Davidson (L-R) Pat Mitchell interviews Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In January 2011, US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in an attack on her entourage at a constituent meeting near Tucson. Six people died and thirteen others were injured. She survived, and her recovery has been a remarkable story. At TED2014 she took the stage with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, for a Q&A with the head of the Paley Center for Media, Pat Mitchell. Giffords suffered from aphasia as part of her injury, and speaking is still difficult, so her answers were short, and much of the speaking was done by Kelly. This is an edited set of highlights from that Q&A.

Pat Mitchell: Has your recovery been an effort to create a new Gabby Giffords or reclaim the old?

Gabby Giffords: A new one, better, stronger, tougher.

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You’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh Herr

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Hugh Herr gave a powerful talk, which posits that we can eliminate disability. Here, we ask him more. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Hugh Herr gave a powerful talk that posits we can eliminate disability. Here, we ask him more. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Bionics designer Hugh Herr spoke today on the TED stage about a future in which disability is a mere memory – a future he believes is both imminent and imperative. With pant legs cropped to reveal his own two bionic legs (“I made sure to shave today,” he joked), he explained the fascinating details of his work in the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab.

But his weren’t the only high-tech prosthetic limbs on display: At the end of Herr’s talk, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, stepped onto stage for her first dance since the tragedy. Her bionic, embedded with the “fundamentals of dance,” was created specially by Herr’s lab to rumba.

We spoke to Herr on the phone…

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The CDC Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for PwD

Today, about 50 million Americans, or 1 in 5 people, are living with at least one disability, and most Americans will experience a disability some time during the course of their lives. Anyone can have a disability.

People with disabilities face many barriers to good health. Studies show that individuals with disabilities are more likely than people without disabilities to report:
Having poorer overall health.
Having less access to adequate health care.
Having no access to health insurance.
Skipping medical care because cost.

Engaging in risky health behaviors, including smoking and physical inactivity.
People with disabilities can lead long healthy lives. Many can and do go to school and attend places of worship. They also vote, marry, have children, work, and play. Having a disability does not mean a person can’t be healthy.
People with or without disabilities can stay healthy by having health care access and living healthy lifestyles.

To be healthy, people with disabilities require health care that meets their needs as a whole person, not just as a person with a disability.
Learn What You Can Do
Get the best possible healthcare
Get Tips on leading a healthy life and for getting physically fit.
Improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities
Person with Disability:
Make Sure You are Getting the Best Possible Healthcare
There are also many things you can do to make sure you are getting the best possible health care:
Know your body, how you feel when you’re well and when you’re not.
Get regular preventive screenings (e.g., mammograms, prostate, colorectal)
Talk openly with your health care professional about your concerns.
Find out who the best health care professionals are in your area to meet your needs.
Check to be sure you can get into your health care professional’s office and that he or she has the staff and equipment you need.
Think through your concerns before you visit your health care professional.
Bring your health records with you.
Take a friend with you, if you’re concerned you might not remember all your questions and all the answers.
Get it in writing. Write down, or have someone write down for you, what is said by the health care professional.
Ask for help finding more information through materials like brochures, or at specific Web pages on the Internet.
Tips for Leading a Long and Healthy Life
Children and adults with disabilities are less likely to be of healthy weight and more likely to be obese than children and adults without disabilities.
Overweight and obesity can have serious health consequences for all people. Learn more…
Eat healthy foods in healthy portions.
Be physically active every day.
Don’t get too much sun.
Get regular checkups.
Don’t smoke or use illegal drugs.
Use medicines wisely.
If you drink alcohol, drink it in moderation.
Stay in touch with family and friends.
If you need help, talk with your healthcare professional.
Tips for Getting Physically Fit

To be healthy, all adults should be physically active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days each week; all children should be active for 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days each week.
Set physical activity goals that you can reach.
Track what you do.
Reward yourself when you meet your goals.
Seek support from your friends and family members. Ask them to join you in your activities.
Don’t give up. If you miss a day, don’t quit. Just start again.
For more tips and information on disability and health, you can read The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities: What It Means to You. Also called the “People’s Piece,” it provides helpful ways to improve everyone’s knowledge about the health and wellness of people with disabilities
Improve the Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities
Health Care Provider:
You can do a lot to improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities. For instance, you can:

Video: Mark’s Story
This video tells the story of Mark and his role as a person helping future health care providers improve their care of people with disabilities. The intent of this video is not to endorse specific activities, but to share one man’s story, experience, and hope.

Address the medical needs of the whole person, not just the disability.
Be as attentive to concerns of pain, depression, job pressures, smoking and alcohol use as you are with all patients.
Be aware and patient of the extra time it might take a person with a disability to speak or act.
Recommend and monitor clinical preventive services as closely as will other patients.
Know that the facilities you refer patients to for preventive screenings (e.g., mammograms) are accessible.
Ensure that your facility is fully accessible (e.g., parking, exam tables, restrooms, etc).
Ask the person with a disability if he or she needs any help. Do not assume help is needed.
Understand that not having access to work, school, health care, or fun things to do can cause more problems than a disability itself.
Seek training on disability competence for health professionals.

More Information

Disability & Health – CDC
Physical Activity and Disability
The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010 (US Department of Health and Human Services)
Office on Disability (US Department of Health and Human Services)
20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
Healthy Living – CDC
Health Care: See Why Being Insured Matters
CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

Social Media, Disabilities and You

CATEGORIES: Community Life, Technology

By Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.com

Living with any disability can feel pretty isolating at times. The world does not seem built for people with physical or emotional disabilities; it can also feel like even the people who care about you the most simply do not understand your day-to-day struggles. Thanks to advanced social media technology, however, living with a disability can feel less lonely.

Social media can be an effective way for anyone to socialize and network for a career, but can be especially powerful for people with disabilities. If you think that social media is simply a way to waste time, you should rethink your stance. For people with disabilities, social media can be especially helpful with:

Brand building. Around 15 percent of people with disabilities in the workforce are self-employed, compared with only 10 percent of the rest of the workforce. Small business owners can make the most of social media to highlight their products and services and marketing on these platforms is inexpensive or free. Even if you work for someone else, having a social media presence is a great way to establish yourself as an expert in your field which will help your career long term.

Self-information. By following reputable blogs and websites through social media, you always have access to the latest news about the things that interest you. This is also a great way to keep up on your industry and any legislation or news that pertains to living with a disability. You can stay schooled in what matters to you and have all the information in one central spot.

Like-minded networking. Perhaps you are the only person in your circle of family and friends that lives with a disability, or one of a very few. There are online groups and forums where you can talk about your health and seek advice and camaraderie from people who really do understand. You may find that your closest allies are people who you have never actually “met,” but become part of your journey with a disability.

Disability awareness. Using social media is also an excellent opportunity to spread awareness about the issues people with disabilities face on a daily basis. Through the normal course of social media activity, you can shed some light on what life is like with a disability and helpful resources. This does not have to mean constant activism or bold statements every time you log on. You can raise awareness in the form of everyday photos, status updates or even the links that you share from others. Family, friends and acquaintances can learn a little more about what life is like with a disability through your social media posts.

Smart use of social media also is a great way to network professionally and personally. Don’t be intimidated by the world of online socialization; look for ways to better your life through its use. Jump right in and find ways for social media to empower you, whether directly related to your disability or not.

How about you? What is your favorite way to network online?

Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

Health and Disability – Reports, News, and Conditions

Today, about 1 in 5 people worldwide, are living with at least one disability, and most people will experience a disability of some form during the course of their lives.

Disability does not necessarily equate to poor health.

For example, in the early stages of disability associated with paraplegia, the affected person may be considered in poor health and may have a greater need for medical and health care, but once their condition is stable they may enjoy good health.

Disability does not include situations that are not health-related, such as participation restriction solely due to socioeconomic factors. This distinguishes disability from disadvantage or exclusion unrelated to health. However, presence of disability and severity of disability are often associated with individuals’ socioeconomic environments.

People’s health is increasingly conceptualised in terms of their quality of life, what activities they can do, in what areas of life they are able to participate as they wish, and what long-term supports they need for living in the community.

In the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), disability is considered an umbrella term for any or all of the components: impairments, activity limitation and participation restriction, as influenced by environmental factors. Health conditions are a prerequisite (but not a determinant), and personal factors may also influence outcomes.

Impairments are problems in body function or structure such as significant deviation or loss.

Activity limitations are difficulties an individual may have in executing activities.

Participation restrictions are problems an individual may experience in involvement in life situations.

Environmental factors include all the physical and social aspects of the environment that may affect a person’s experience of disability, including equipment used or personal assistance provided. Environmental factors may act as facilitators that diminish disability, or barriers that create it.

People with disabilities face many barriers to good health.

Studies show that individuals with disabilities are more likely than people without disabilities to report:

Having poorer overall health.
Skipping medical care because cost.
Having no access to health insurance.
Having less access to adequate health care.
Engaging in risky health behaviors, including smoking and physical inactivity.
People with disabilities can lead long healthy lives. Many can and do go to school and attend places of worship. They also vote, marry, have children, work, and play. Having a disability does not mean a person can not be healthy.

Famous People with Disabilities

By Ian Langtree+ – 2006-05-18

A list of some famous and well known people with various disabilities and conditions including actors, politicians and writers who contributed to society.

Well Known People with Disabilities

Have a disability or medical condition? You are not alone. Many people with disabilities have contributed to society. These include actors, actresses, celebrities, singers, world leaders, and many other famous people. Of course there are also millions of people worldwide who may not be famous in the sense society deems famous, but still live with, battle, and overcome their disabilities every single day of their lives.

A disability is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.

These lists are a constant work in progress and were created to prove that it is indeed possible to overcome the so called disability barrier. Below you will find in our various categories of disabilities men and women who have made a difference to the world including pictures and the names of many famous and well known people who have, or had these disabilities (often referred to as being crippled, handicapped, or having a handicap in past times.)

List of Famous People with Disabilities

Famous People on the Autism Spectrum – Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders (autism spectrum disorders) caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences.
Famous People with Mood Disorders – A mood disorder is a condition whereby the prevailing emotional mood is distorted or inappropriate to the circumstances. Types of mood disorders include depression, unipolar and bipolar disorder.
Famous People with Tourettes Syndrome – The exact cause of Tourette’s is unknown, but it is well established that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. The majority of cases of Tourette’s are inherited.
Famous People with Spina Bifida – Spina bifida falls into three categories: spina bifida occulta, spina bifida cystica, and meningocele. The most common location of malformations is the lumbar and sacral areas of the spinal cord.
Famous People with Cerebral Palsy – Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious diseases that cause physical disability in human development. There is no known cure for CP.
Famous People With Epilepsy – Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. These seizures are signs of abnormal, excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain.
Famous People with Dyslexia – Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that effects many people, it manifests primarily as a difficulty with written language, particularly with reading and spelling. Dyslexia occurs at all levels of intelligence.
Famous People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD is a psychiatric disorder manifested in a variety of forms, most commonly characterized by a persons obsession to perform a particular task or set of tasks.
Famous People who Have and Had Dementia – Dementia is the steady progressive decline in cognitive functions due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from the normal human aging process.
Famous People with Hearing Impairments – A hearing loss is a full or partial decrease in the ability to detect or understand sounds. Hearing loss can be inherited If a family has a dominant gene for deafness.
Famous People with ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or Maladie de Charcot) is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases occurring worldwide today.
Famous People with Club Feet or Foot – A clubfoot, or talipes equinovarus (TEV), is a birth defect. The foot is twisted in (inverted) and down. It is a common birth defect, occurring in about one in every 1,000 births.
Famous People with Schizophrenia – Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental illness. A person with schizophrenia may show symptoms like disorganized thinking, hallucinations, and delusions.
Famous People – Speech Differences and Stutter – Stuttering is generally not a problem with the physical production of speech sounds or putting thoughts into words. Stuttering has no bearing on intelligence.
Famous People who had and have Polio – Poliomyelitis, polio or infantile paralysis is an acute viral disease spread primarily via the fecal-oral route. Spinal polio is the most common resulting from viral invasion of the motor neurons of the anterior horn cells.
Famous People with Parkinsons Disease – Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that impairs motor skills and speech. Early signs and symptoms may sometimes be dismissed as the effects of normal aging.
Famous People that use Wheelchairs – Well known people who use wheelchairs since birth and later in life. Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability.
Famous People who have and had Vision Impairments – Sight Impaired is vision loss that constitutes a significant limitation of visual capability resulting from disease, trauma, or a congenital or degenerative condition that cannot be corrected.
Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis – MS is a debilitating disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. No one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease when your body attacks itself.
Famous People with Asthma – Asthma is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system in which the airway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed, and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers.
Famous people with Aspergers Syndrome – People with Asperger’s Syndrome are often described, as having social skills deficits, reluctance to listen, difficulty understanding social give and take, and other core characteristics.
Famous and well known Amputees – Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. A prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part.
Famous People with a Cleft – A cleft is a congenital deformity caused by a failure in facial development during pregnancy. The term hare lip is sometimes used colloquially to describe the condition.
Famous People with Meniere’s Disease – Meniere’s Disease usually affects only one ear and is a common cause of hearing loss. Named after French physician Prosper Meniere who first described the syndrome in 1861.
Famous People with Psoriasis – Psoriasis is a disease which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis are called psoriatic plaques.
Interesting Pictures of Famous Women and Men when they were Younger
Female Celebrities Pictures when they were Younger – See what some of the famous female celebrities such as Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Drew Barrymore looked like when they were much younger.
Pictures of Famous Male Celebrities when Younger – See what some of the famous male celebrities like Tom Hanks, Jean Claude Van Damme, Elton John, and Eminem looked like when they were a lot younger.
Other Famous

Disability Quotes – Collection of Famous Quotes Regarding Disabilities from Well Known People.

Famous People who Died Young – Hank Williams died at the age of 29 (Sep17, 1923 – Jan 1, 1953) was a famous American singer, songwriter and musician, and has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of the 20th century.

Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users

Author: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Published: Jul 26, 2010 (Revised: Jul 26, 2010)

Abstract: Seattle, Denver, Chicago Among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users.

Detail: Seattle, Denver, Chicago Among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users – Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Rates Cities to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Denver and Chicago are some of America’s Top 20 most livable cities for people living with paralysis, rated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Reeve Foundation commissioned the list in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was passed by Congress on July 26, 1990, to protect against discrimination based on disability.

The Top 20 Most Livable Cities represent several regions of the country and highlight those communities that provide the best combination of health and livability-related factors, which enable a disabled person to live a fuller, longer life. Health factors include clean air, Medicaid eligibility and spending, access to physicians and rehabilitation facilities. Livability factors include access to fitness facilities and recreation, access to paratransit and the percentage of people living with disabilities who are employed. The city’s age and climate are also taken into account. Find out more details at http://www.ChristopherReeve.org.

“Our Top 20 list highlights the great work taking place across the country to help Americans living with paralysis live their lives to the fullest, thanks, in large part to the passage of the ADA,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO. “However, there is still so much more we can do as a nation to improve the quality of life for the tens of millions of Americans living with a disability.”

The cities named are as follows, in ranked order:

1. Seattle, Wash.
2. Albuquerque, N.M.
3. Reno, Nev.
4. Denver, Colo.
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Chicago, Ill.
7. Birmingham, Ala.
8. Winston-Salem, N.C.
9. Orlando, Fla.
10. Lubbock, Texas
11. Miami, Fla.
12. Tampa, Fla.
13. Durham, N.C.
14. Fort Worth, Texas
15. Virginia Beach, Va.
16. Arlington, Texas
17. Baltimore, Md.
18. New Orleans, La.
19. Arlington, Va.
20. Atlanta, Ga.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.ChristopherReeve.org

U.S. Disability Statistics of School Age Children

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Published: Nov 17, 2011 (Revised: Jun 14, 2013)

Abstract: Examines disability type school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States.
Detail: This brief, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, examines disability type, school enrollment and geographic distribution for school-age children in the United States.

The brief compares disability rates of children among states and metropolitan vs. non-metropolitan areas.

Statistic Highlights:

Of the 53.9 million school-age children 5 to 17, about 2.8 million were reported as having a disability in 2010.
Across the states, the percentage of metro area children with disabilities who were enrolled in public schools ranged from 76.5 percent to nearly 100 percent.

Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and the District of Columbia had public school enrollment rates for children with a disability that was less than the national estimate.

Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming had enrollment rates above the national estimate.

Rates of disability among school-age children for metropolitan statistical areas ranged from 1.2 to 13.0 percent, while the disability rates for those enrolled in public schools ranged from 1.4 percent to 14.6 percent.
About 89.4 percent of school-age children with a disability living in metro areas were enrolled in public schools, 7.3 percent were enrolled in private schools and 3.3 percent were not enrolled in school.

Full Statistics

For the full statistics go to http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acsbr10-12.pdf (PDF File)

Latest U.S. Disability Statistics and Facts

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Published: Jul 26, 2011 (Revised: Jul 26, 2011)

Abstract: Figures facts and statistics relating to disability in America today supplied by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Detail: Census Bureau News – Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26.

On July 26th 19 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became effective. Signed into law two years earlier, the goal was to guarantee equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public and commercial facilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.

Quick Facts:

There are 36 million people who have at least one disability, about 12 percent of the total U.S. population.

Those with vision difficulties number 6.5 million, while 19.4 million have problems walking or climbing stairs.

Another 13.5 million have difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.

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.

12.3% – Percentage of females with a disability, compared with 11.6 percent of males.

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.

Specific Disabilities:

10.2 million – Number of people who have a hearing difficulty. Of these, 5.8 million are 65 and older.

6.5 million – Number of people with a vision difficulty.

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.

19.4 million – Number of people 5 and older who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

Serving Our Nation:

$35.3 billion – Amount of compensation veterans received for service-connected disabilities in fiscal year 2008.

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.

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 http://factfinder.census.gov

NOTE: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.

Related Topics
This information is from the Disabled World Facts & Statistics Section – Other relevant documents include:
The World Health Organization’s Report on Disability
Number of U.S. Adults Reporting Disabilities is Increasing
U.S. Employment Statistics for Persons with a Disability
ADA 20th Anniversary US Disability facts and Statistics
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Disability in America: News, Facts, and Information

Information regarding disability in the USA including facts and statistics, news, and information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in, or visiting America.

U.S. Disability Statistics
Disability in America Infographic

The number of U.S. adults reporting a disability increased by 3.4 million between 1999 and 2005. 12.1% of the U.S. Adult Population Aged 21-64 Years Reported a Disability in 2008. Today an estimated 39,395,000 people in the United States had a disability, or 14.8% of the population age 5 and over.

In addition, an estimated 7,092,000 people, or 2.7% of the U.S. population 5 and over, have difficulty performing self-care activities, also known as Activities of Daily Living, such as dressing, bathing, or getting around inside the home.

The Social Security Administration estimates that three in 10 of today’s 20-year-olds will suffer a disability before reaching 67 and also reports 69% of the private sector work force has no long-term disability insurance. Essentially, seven out of 10 workers would have to rely on their own personal savings, limited state-run insurance or Social Security for replacement income in the event they could not work because of a disability.

Veterans – In the year 2008, an estimated 16.9 percent (plus or minus 0.20 percentage points) of non-institutionalized civilian veterans aged 21 to 64 years reported having a VA service-connected disability in the United States. In other words, 2,217,000 out of 13,102,700 non-institutionalized civilian veterans aged 21 to 64 years reported having a VA service-connected disability in the United States in 2008 (U.S. Veteran Facts and Statistics)