Study Reveals Socioeconomic Characteristics of American Adults With Disabilities About 12 percent of U.S. adults (18–64 years old) have a disability, and most (about 57 percent) of these adults have one type of disability, according to the first study to look at the characteristics of U.S. adults by number of functional disability types. The Centers for Disease Control and ... News in Brief
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Study Reveals Socioeconomic Characteristics of American Adults With Disabilities
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Study Reveals Socioeconomic Characteristics of American Adults With Disabilities
The ASHA Leader, December 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21122016.10
The ASHA Leader, December 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21122016.10
About 12 percent of U.S. adults (18–64 years old) have a disability, and most (about 57 percent) of these adults have one type of disability, according to the first study to look at the characteristics of U.S. adults by number of functional disability types.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study looked at 2011–2014 data from the National Health Interview Survey to estimate the percentage of adults with one, two, three or four disability types by selected demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Overall, 22.6 million working-age adults were found to have a disability, with 12.8 million of those having one disability type.
Analysis revealed a generally consistent pattern—lower socioeconomic status, less than a high school education, and unemployment—associated with an increased number of disability types.
According to a summary report, “Understanding the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of working-age adults with disabilities, including adults with multiple disabilities, might help to further the inclusion of persons with disabilities in public health programs and policies, thereby increasing their social participation.”
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