1 in 5 American Adults Has a Disability

(Excerpted from The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 10)

Cognitive difficulties, including language, are the second-most prevalent disability in the United States, following only mobility impairments, according to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About one in every five U.S. adults—more than 53 million people—has a disability related to vision, cognition, mobility, self-care or independent living, concludes “Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults–United States, 2013.” The report is based on questions in the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which allowed respondents to identify specific functional disabilities (such as trouble bathing or remembering things).

This effort marks the first to include functional disability in a state-based health survey. Understanding specific difficulties at a state level can lead to programs that address the needs of the different disability populations.

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