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Chartbook on Disability in the U.S.

Section 4: Disability, the Elderly, Children and Youth

Although people with disabilities exist throughout the population, two groups are especially important to look at: the elderly and children and youth. Surveys have been designed specifically for collecting data about these two subpopulations. This section reports the specifics of disability as related to elderly persons, and as related to children and youth, especially how the groups differ from the rest of the population. Again, disability is represented by limitations in activity, limitations in physical functions, and needing assistance in daily activities. In addition, there are data on numbers of special education students and types of special education environments.

Topic Questions:

4.1. How many elderly persons have disabilities?

4.2. How many older people need assistance with activities of daily living?

4.3. How many children have limitations in activity?

4.4. What are the differences in race and income for children with limitations?

4.5. How many children and youth receive special education?

4.6. Where do children and youth receive special education?