Did you know that people with disabilities are the second largest minority in the United States? There may be a lot of other things you didn’t know about people with disabilities and limited mobility. We’ve pulled together some of the most important statistics for you here:
IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
More than 18 million people have limited mobility caused by everything from accidents to disease to the aging process.
Six million of those 18 million are veterans.
One in five elderly people struggle with mobility.
The number of veterans with disabilities has increased dramatically by 25 percent since 2001.
A Harris Poll sponsored by the National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) indicated that just under a third of people with disabilities reported that inadequate transportation was an issue; of those, over half said it was a major problem for them.
Caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week caring for people with disabilities.
The value of the services family caregivers provide for free is estimated to be $375 billion a year.
IN THE U.S.
54 million people are living with disabilities.
5 percent of children ages 5-17 live with disabilities.
10 percent of people ages 18-64 have disabilities.
38 percent of adults 65 and older have disabilities.
People with disabilities have an unemployment rate that is four times greater than the national average.
Even so, workers with disabilities are consistently rated by their employers as above average in performance, quality of work and attendance.
More than four million people in Canada are living with disabilities.
Nearly four percent of children ages 14 and younger have disabilities.
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