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In the United States

  • In the United States, an estimated range of 37 million to 57 million people live with a disability.
  • The chance of having a disability goes up with age, from less than 10% for people 15 years of age or younger, to almost 75% for people 80 years of age or older. With good health habits and access to health care, many disabilities can be delayed or even prevented. [Read report]

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Age-adjusted Prevalence of Disability by State, adults age 18 or older, 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemD

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Status, 2004–2006

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  • The prevalence of disability among U.S. adults ranged from 11.6% among Asians to 29.9% among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Self-rated health status was reported as:
    • Fair or poor among 40.3% of adults with a disability compared with 9.9% of adults without a disability.
    • Good among 32.5% of adults with a disability compared with 29.9% of adults without a disability.
    • Excellent or very good among 27.2% of adults with a disability compared with 60.2% of adults without a disability.

Disability among U.S. adults by race and ethnicity age 18 years and olderSelf-reported Health Status Among US Adults, age 18 years or older with and Without DisabilitiesD

  • Reports of fair or poor health among adults with a disability by race and ethnicity were:
    • Hispanic, 55.2%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native, 50.5%
    • Non-Hispanic Black or African American, 46.6%
    • Non-Hispanic White, 36.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 36.5%
    • Asian, 24.9%