1 in 4 U.S. Adults Has a Disability About 61 million U.S. adults—25 percent—have a self-reported disability, including hearing loss, that affects major life activities, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this data analysis, the first to include hearing as a disability category, almost 6 percent report having a ... News in Brief
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1 in 4 U.S. Adults Has a Disability
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1 in 4 U.S. Adults Has a Disability
The ASHA Leader, November 2018, Vol. 23, 9. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.23112018.9
The ASHA Leader, November 2018, Vol. 23, 9. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.23112018.9
About 61 million U.S. adults—25 percent—have a self-reported disability, including hearing loss, that affects major life activities, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In this data analysis, the first to include hearing as a disability category, almost 6 percent report having a hearing disability.
The CDC used data from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess the prevalence of six disability types. The most common disability type—impaired mobility—affects one in seven adults, a figure that rises to two in five in adults at least 65 years old.
After mobility difficulties, the next most common disability type is cognition, followed by independent living, hearing, vision and self-care.These data show that disability is more common among women, non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives, adults with lower income, and adults living in the southern U.S.
The percentage of adults with disability increased as income decreased. For example, in adults 45 to 64 years old living below the poverty level, mobility impairment is nearly five times as common as the rate of those whose income is twice the poverty level.
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