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Almost 20 Percent of Americans Have a Disability

Fifty-four million Americans live with some sort of disability, according to the most recent survey — that's one in five Americans, or the combined populations of California and Florida. Some other enlightening facts from the survey results include:

  • 46 percents of adults with disabilities are employed (compared to 84 percent of non-disabled).
  • 3.3 million people in America use a wheelchair.
  • On average, people with severe disabilities earn $1,458 a month, compared to $2,539 without disabilities.
  • 13 percent of children between the ages of 6-14 have a disability, which typically involves difficulty doing regular schoolwork.

More Americans have disabilities since the last survey in 2002, which found that 51.2 million (18 percent) Americans were disabled. Since the designation of "disability" can include a whole range of limits, it makes sense that a good amount of Americans live with some form of a disability. Still, do you find the survey results surprising? Do you know someone living with a disability?


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