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Chartbook on Disability in the U.S.

Section 2: Characteristics of People With Disabilities

This section provides data collected in national surveys on the demographics of people with disabilities. Subjects covered in this section include age, sex, ethnicity, income, educational level, geographic location, and residence of people with disabilities (including those in institutions). As with Section 1, the information is based predominantly on the NHIS and the SIPP, which have the broadest definitions of disabilities (limitation of activity and limitation of function). There are also pages on the demographics of severely disabled persons, as measured in these surveys (including those who need assistance in activities of daily living).

Topic Questions:

2.1. Where do people with activity limitations live?

2.2. How many people use assistive technology devices?

2.3. How many people use home accessibility features?

2.4. How do activity limitations change with age?

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

2.6. How does activity limitation differ for males and females?

2.7. How do disability rates differ for males and females?

2.8. How does disability differ for races and ethnicities?

2.9. How does the need for assistance differ by race or ethnicity?

2.10. How do activity limitations differ by family income?

2.11. How do functional limitations differ by income?

2.12. How do activity limitations differ by educational level?

2.13. How does the need for assistance differ with educational level?