Statistics & Research

Statistics can be a powerful tool to inspire legislators, public officials and your community to maintain and create new programs and policies for those with physical disabilities. Data can be used to identify needs and monitor trends. Below you will find a list of key sources of disability statistics and some basic information on each. The type of disability information you need will determine which survey to access (e.g. employment, health behaviors, number/percentage by county, etc).

Did you know?

  • Nationwide, 25.6 percent of persons with a disability reported being physically inactive during a usual week compared with 12.8 percent of those without a disability.
  • More than 1 in 5 Americans, approximately 54 million, have a disability, making people with disabilities the largest traditionally underrepresented group in the nation.

Sources: MMWR, 2007, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000; The National Organization on Disability/Harris Interactive – Survey of Americans with Disabilities, 2004.

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