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Source: Center for Disease Control
Published: August 2018

The Prevalence of Disabilities

Circulated: October 23, 2019

of non-institutionalized U.S. adults (61 million people) report at least one disability. With age, disability becomes more common, affecting about 2 in 5 adults age 65+.

Disability Description % of Adults
Mobility serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs 13.7%
Cognition serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions 10.8%
Hearing serious difficulty hearing 6.8%
Vision serious difficulty seeing 5.9%
Independent living difficulty doing errands alone 4.6%
Self-care difficulty dressing or bathing 3.7%

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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