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.