Disability & Health U.S. State Profile Data for Arkansas (Adults 18+ years of age)

Disability Impacts All of Us

Each of us may experience a disability in our lifetime.

CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities supports efforts to include adults with disabilities in disease prevention, health promotion, and emergency response activities, while working to remove barriers to health care and improve access to routine preventive services.

Did you know?

Disability costs in healthcare expenditures are $3.7 billion per year* in Arkansas.

A Snapshot of Disability in Arkansas*

This page provides an overview of disability in Arkansas (AR) compared to national estimates. You can use this information to learn more about the percentages and characteristics of adults with disabilities in Arkansas.

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Disability costs in healthcare expenditures are $3.7 billion per year** in Arkansas.

31.3% of adults in Arkansas have some type of disability compared to 22.5% for the U.S. overall.

Despite progress, adults with disabilities in Alaska and across the country continue to experience significant differences in health characteristics and behaviors compared to adults without disabilities.

Adults with disabilities are more likely to:

Be inactive

Adults with disabilities are more likely to be inactive
U.S. Arkansas
Adults with disabilities 42.2% 46.8%
Adults without disabilities 24.3% 27.2%

Have high blood pressure

Adults with disabilities are more likely to have high blood pressure
U.S. Arkansas
Adults with disabilities 41.9% 52.3%
Adults without disabilities 25.9% 31.5%

Smoke

Adults with disabilities are more likely to smoke
U.S. Arkansas
Adults with disabilities 28.2% 34.9%
Adults without disabilities 13.4% 17.9%

Be obese

Adults with disabilities are more likely to be obese
U.S. Arkansas
Adults with disabilities 39.5% 46.0%
Adults without disabilities 26.3% 29.6%
Percentage of adults with select functional disability types: *

Types of disabilities comparing U.S. with Arkansas

Percentage of adults with select functional disability types
U.S. Arkansas
Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. 12.9% 19.8%
Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. 11.4% 15.5%
Independent living: Difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. 7.0% 10.0%
Hearing: Deafness or serious difficulty hearing. 5.6% 8.1%
Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. 4.7% 7.9%
Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing. 3.8% 5.8%

* Data Source: 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
** Disability-associated healthcare expenditures are presented in 2006 dollars as reported in Anderson et al, 2010. This value represents approximately 28% of total healthcare expenditures for the state of Arkansas.

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