Disability Impacts All of Us
Title: Disability Impacts all of us
Up to 1 in 4 (26 percent) adults in the United States have some type of disability. Graphic of the United States displaying figures of people with a disability and people with no disability.
Percentage of adults with functional disability types:
- 11.1 percent of U.S. adults have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- 10.9 percent of U.S. adults have a cognition disability with serious difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
- 6.4 percent of U.S. adults have an independent living disability with difficulty doing errands alone.
- 5.7 percent of U.S. adults are deaf or have serious difficulty hearing.
- 4.9 percent of U.S. adults have a vision disability with blindness or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
- 3.0 percent of U.S. adults have a self-care disability with difficulty dressing or bathing.
Disability and Health
Adults living with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, have heart disease and diabetes:
- 40.5 percent of adults with a disability are obese while 28.9 percent of adults without a disability are obese.
- 24.4 percent of adults with a disability smoke while 11.7 percent of adults without a disability smoke.
- 10.3 percent of adults with a disability have heart disease while 3.7 percent of adults without a disability have heart disease.
- 16.2 percent of adults with a disability have diabetes while 7.5 percent of adults with a disability have diabetes.
Disability and Health Care Access
Health care access barriers for working-age adults include
- 1 in 4 adults with disabilities 18 to 44 years do not have a usual health care provider
- 1 in 5 adults with disabilities 18 to 44 years have an unmet health care need because of cost in the past year
- 1 in 4 adults with disabilities 45 to 64 years did not have a routine check-up in the past year
Making a difference
Public health is for all of us.
Join CDC and its partners as we work together to improve the health of people living with disabilities.
CDC and its partners work together to improve the lives of people with disabilities by:
- Building inclusive health program
- Improving access to health care
- Promoting healthy living
- Monitoring public health data
- Researching and reducing health disparities
Brought to you by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) [Internet]. [[updated 2022 May; cited 2022 December 12]. Available from: http://dhds.cdc.gov