September 16, 2020
Published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
61 million adults in the United States live with a disability
- 26 percent (one in 4) of adults in the United States have some type of disability. Graphic of the United States.
- The percentage of people living with disabilities is highest in the South.
Percentage of adults with functional disability types:
- 13.7 percent of people with a disability have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- 10.8 percent of people with a disability have a cognition disability with serious difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
- 6.8 percent of people with a disability have an independent living disability with difficulty doing errands alone.
- 5.9 percent of people with a disability are deaf or have serious difficulty hearing
- 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 groups, older adults, women and minorites.
- 2 in 5 adults age 65 years and older have a disability
- 1 in 4 women have a disability.
- 2 in 5 non-Hispanic American Indians/ Alaska Natives have a disability.
Disability and Health
Adults living with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, have heart disease and diabetes:
- 38.2 percent of adults with a disability are obese while 26.2 percent of adults without a disability are obese.
- 28.2 percent of adults with a disability smoke while 13.4 percent of adults without a disability smoke.
- 11.5 percent of adults with a disability have heart disease while 3.8 percent of adults without a disability have heart disease.
- 16.3 percent of adults with a disability have diabetes while 7.2 percent of adults with a disability have diabetes.
Disability and Health Care Access
Health care access barriers for working-age adults include
- 1 in 3 adults with disabilities 18 to 44 years do not have a usual health care provider
- 1 in 3 adults with disabilities 18 to 44 years have an unmet health care need because of cost in the past year
- 1 in 4 adults with disabilities 45 to 64 years did not have a routine check-up in the past year
Making a difference
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- Promoting healthy living,
- Monitoring public health data
- Researching and reducing health disparities
- Building inclusive health program
- Improving access to health care.
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Summary: This article explains just how common disabilities are, and which groups they are affecting most. Older women with minorities are the most common group to have a disability. It is also interesting to see what tasks people with disabilities most commonly struggle with.