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Chartbook on Women and Disability

Table of Contents

Foreword by Katherine D. Seelman, Director, NIDRR


Preface - a guide on how to use the chartbook pages

Introduction - the purpose of this chartbook

Section 1: Women and disability throughout the life cycle: Definitions and prevalence

1.1. How many women and men have a disability?

1.2. How does activity limitation differ by gender?

1.3. Are the activity limitations of women and men caused by different conditions?

1.4. What are threats to health and safety for females, compared to males?

1.5. Do women's disability rates differ by race and ethnicity?

Section 2: Children and youth with disability

2.1. Are there gender differences in the prevalence of disability among children?

2.2. What are the conditions that cause activity limitations in girls and boys?

2.3. Over the past two decades, has enrollment in federally funded special education changed in relation to total public school enrollment?

2.4. Do girls and boys have different rates of participation in special education?

2.5. Do more girls or boys receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Section 3: Women: Disability, work, income and benefits

3.1. How often do women with disabilities have a job or business?

3.2. In which occupational categories are women with disabilities employed?

3.3. How often are women with disabilities employed in computer-related jobs?

3.4. Does labor force participation of people with a work disability differ by gender?

3.5. How do median earnings for women with and without a disability compare to men's earnings?

3.6. How many women with a work disability are living in poverty?

3.7. How do women and men with a work disability differ in benefits they receive?

3.8. Are there gender differences in Social Security benefits for disabled workers?

3.9. Are there gender differences in participation in Vocational Rehabilitation services?

Section 4: Living arrangements, family life, and medical experiences

4.1. Are there differences in marital status among women and men with and without activity limitations?

4.2. What percentage of women and men with and without disability are parents?

4.3. Do medical expenditures differ among women and men with and without activity limitations?

4.4. Do women with functional limitations receive appropriate cancer screening?

Section 5: Mental disorders and disability: Gender differences

5.1. Are women more likely than men to experience a mental or psychiatric disorder?

5.2. Do women use more mental health services than men?

5.3. What is the extent of disability due to mental disorders?

5.4. Are there gender differences in limitations due to serious mental illness?

Section 6: Women, disability and aging

6.1. How do changes in women's life expectancies impact disability rates?

6.2. How does the need for personal assistance differ by age and gender?

6.3. How do age and gender influence the rate of multiple conditions?

6.4. What is the impact of arthritis on women?

6.5. How many women are at risk of disability related to osteoporosis?

6.6. Do women and men have different rates of independent living as they age?

6.7. Who provides care for elderly people with disabilities?

Section 7: Research Gaps and Topics for Further Investigation

Appendices - list of the various appendices to the chartbook

Surveys - descriptions of the surveys and data sets used to compile this chartbook

Glossary - terms used in the chartbook

Bibliography - websites and print resources

Data Tables - text-only equivalents of all the data presented in the figures

Credits - copyright information

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