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Section 2: Characteristics of People With Disabilities

2.5. How do the levels of disabilities change with age?

The proportions of people with disabilities and of people with severe disabilities both increase with age. Of the 34.8 million 15 to 24 year olds, there are 3.5 million (10.0%) with a disability and 1.2 million (3.3%) are classified as severely disabled. Among the 9.9 million persons, 75 to 84 years old, 6.3 million (63.7%) have disabilities; of those, 4.1 million or 41.5% report having severe disabilities.

Disability increases in severity with age.

Figure 2.5

Source: McNeil, 1993

Survey: SIPP, 1992

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