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Statistics about People with Disabilities


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:


  • 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.


  • 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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