Another article telling us how many people in the US have a disability. If you add to this list mother, father, brother and sister you have a block large enough to control policy in this country. But we can never seem to get on the same page to accomplish much. With all the budget constraints going on are we going to allow services to individuals with disabilities to be cut before other items? Are we going to allow people with disabilities to have their jobs cut first?
Or is now the time to work together as a group? I think it is!
Census: More than 54 million disabled in U.S.
Report finds only 46 percent of adults with a disability are employed
updated 8:54 a.m. ET, Fri., Dec. 19, 200
WASHINGTON - More than 54 million U.S. residents, or about 19 percent of the population, have some sort of disability, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.
The numbers, based on 2005 data, are up slightly from the 2002 survey when 51.2 million people or 18 percent reported a disability, the census found Thursday.
About 46 percent of adults aged 21 to 64 with a disability were employed, compared with 84 percent of adults without disabilities, the survey found.
It also found that:
7.8 percent of people aged 15 and older had difficulty hearing a normal conversation, including 1 million completely deaf people.
3.3 million people, or 1 percent of those aged 15 and older, used a wheelchair or a similar device.
Nearly 7.8 million people aged 15 and older had difficulty seeing words or letters, including 1.8 million who were completely blind.
More than 16 million people had difficulty with cognitive, mental or emotional functioning.
People with a severe disability earned $1,458 a month on average compared to $2,539 for those with no disability.
4.7 million children aged 6 to 14, or 13 percent, had a disability, mostly a problem doing regular schoolwork.
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