- In the U.S., people with disabilities make up the largest minority group. The difference between this minority and most others is that many members aren’t born this way.
- A disability is defined when a person has difficulty with:
- Normal human functions like seeing, hearing, speaking, or walking.
- Daily functions like bathing, eating, or driving.
- Expanded activities like schoolwork, chores, or having a job.
- Roughly 18 million people over the age of 65 identify with some level of physical disability.
- In the decade between 1990 and 2000, the number of people with disabilities in America increased 25 percent.
- Of the 69.6 million families in the United States, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability.
- About 12 percent of the U.S. population identifies with a severe disability, adding up to 35 million people.
- Roughly 54 million Americans have at least one disability.
- The majority of people with disabilities are poor, underemployed, and uneducated. This is largely due to unequal opportunities.
- The highest rate of disability occurs in African American and American Indian/Alaska natives with 24.3 percent of each group identifying with a disability.
- Nearly 40 percent of Americans living with disabilities are located in the south.
- People with disabilities have an unemployment rate 10 times that of abled people.
Organize an activity to include classmates with disabilities. GO
Sources: Disability Finders, Hopkins Medicine