Disability & Health U.S. Profile Data for the District of Columbia (Adults 18+ years of age)

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Disability Impacts District of Columbia

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103,919 adults in DC have a disability. This is equal to 21 percent or 1 in 5 adults in DC

Percentage of adults in DC with select functional disability types

Disability Types

Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs

Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

Independent living: Serious difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor's office

Hearing: Deaf or serious difficulty hearing

Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses

Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing

Adults with disabilities in DC experience health disparities and are more likely to report...1

Disability Healthcare Costs in DC2

  • About $2.7 BILLION per year, or up to 35% of the state’s healthcare spending
  • About $27,839 per person with a disability
Disability healthcare costs: 35 percent of Arkansas healthcare spending
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  1. Data Source: 2022 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
  2. Disability-associated healthcare expenditures are presented in 2017 dollars as reported by Khavjou, et al. State-level health care expenditures associated with disability. 2021 Public health rep.