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The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates 20 years.

July 26th, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. EP celebrates this great milestone in the history of the disabilities community. DID YOU KNOW ...?

POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

There are 54 million people who have a disability. Individuals with disabilities represent 19% of the civilian non-institutionalized population.

* 5% of children age 5-17 have disabilities.

* 10% of people age 18-64 have disabilities.

* 38% of adults age 65+ have disabilities.

* 12.4% of females have a disability, compared with 11.7% of males.

Source: 2008 American Community Survey http://factfinder.census.gov

SPECIFIC DISABILITIES

* 1.8 million--Number of people age 15+ who report being unable to see printed words.

* 1 million--Number of people age 15+ who reported being unable to hear conversations.

* 2.5 million--Number of people age 15+ who have difficulty having their speech understood. Of this number, 431,000 were unable to have their speech understood.

* 16.1 million--Number of people with limitations in cognitive functioning, or mental or emotional illness that interferes with daily activities--including those with Alzheimer's disease and intellectual disability. This group comprises 7% of the population age 15 and older. This includes 8 million with one or more problems that interfere with daily activities, such as frequently being depressed or anxious, trouble getting along with others, trouble concentrating and trouble coping with stress.

EDUCATION

* 28% of people age 25+ with a disability had less than a high school graduate education. This compares with 12% for those with no disability.

* 13% of people age 25+ with a disability had a bachelor's degree or higher. This compares with 31% of those with no disability.

Source: 2008 American Community Survey http://factfinder.census.gov

USING OR NEEDING ASSISTANCE

* 11 million--Number of disabled people age 6 and older who need personal assistance with everyday activities. These activities include such tasks as getting around inside the home, taking a bath or shower, preparing meals and performing light housework.

* 3.3 million--Number of people age 15+ who use a wheelchair.

* 10 million--Number of people age 15+ who use a walking aid, such as a cane, crutches or walker.

ACCOMMODATIONS

* 98% of transit buses were lift- or ramp-equipped, as of 2007. This represents an increase from 62% in 1995.

Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 1079 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

SERVING OUR NATION

* $36.3 billion--Amount of compensation veterans received for service--connected disabilities in fiscal year 2008.

Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 511 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

ON THE JOB

* 13.3 million--Number of individuals age 16-64 who reported difficulty finding a job or remaining employed because of a health condition.

* 46% of people age 21-64 who had some type of disability were employed. The employment rate ranged from 75% of those with a non-severe disability to 31% with a severe disability. For those without a disability, the employment rate was 84% for the same period.

* 59% of people age 21-64 with difficulty hearing were employed. The corresponding percentage for those with difficulty seeing was 41 percent.

* 48% of people age 21-64 with a non-severe disability work full time. This compares with 63% without a disability and 16% with a severe disability.

* 6% of disabled workers 16+ used public transportation to commute to work. In addition, 69% of people with a disability drove alone, 13% carpooled, 4% walked and 3% used a taxicab, motorcycle, bicycle or other means.

* 21%of disabled workers age 16+ worked in the educational services and health care and social assistance industries.

Source: 2008 American Community Survey http://factfinder.census.gov

INCOME AND POVERTY

* $2,250--Median monthly earnings for people age 21-64 with a non-severe disability. This compares with $2,539 for those with no disability and $1,458 for those with a severe disability.

* $2,252--Median monthly earnings for people age 21-64 with difficulty hearing. The corresponding figure for those with difficulty seeing was $1,932.

* 12%--The poverty rate for people age 25-64 with a non-severe disability. This compares with 27% for those with a severe disability and 9% of those without a disability.

(Unless otherwise indicated, all the data are from the Americans with Disabilities: 2005 report.)
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