11 Facts About Physical Disability

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Roughly 18 million people over the age of 65 identify with some level of physical disability.
  4. In the decade between 1990 and 2000, the number of people with disabilities in America increased 25 percent.
  5. Of the 69.6 million families in the United States, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability.
  6. About 12 percent of the U.S. population identifies with a severe disability, adding up to 35 million people.
  7. Roughly 54 million Americans have at least one disability.
  8. The majority of people with disabilities are poor, underemployed, and uneducated. This is largely due to unequal opportunities.
  9. 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.
  10. Nearly 40 percent of Americans living with disabilities are located in the south.
  11. People with disabilities have an unemployment rate 10 times that of abled people.

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Sources: Disability Finders, Hopkins Medicine