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Disability and Health State Chartbook - 2006 Profiles of Health for Adults With Disabilities

Disability and Health State Chartbook - 2006 Profiles of Health for Adults With Disabilities

Introduction

About 50 million American adults have a disability, such as hearing loss, mental disability, physical limitation, or vision loss. Improving the health of this large segment of the population is a central concern for public health. This Chartbook is the first in a series to present information about the health of people with disabilities by state and territory. It has three purposes: 1) to show that a large percentage of adults have a disability, 2) to show that the health of people with disabilities tends to be poorer than that of the people without disabilities, and 3) to highlight areas in which public health systems can better target people with disabilities in their programs.

The information in this book can be used by people with disabilities, their family members, policy makers, health professionals, disability service providers, and others interested in the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

 

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