CODI: Cornucopia of Disability Information

Americans with Disabilities

According to the 1990 census, there were 12.8 million civilian noninstitutional persons 16 to 64 years of age with a work disability; 6.6 million of these persons were prevented from working by their disability. The 1990 census also showed that 13.2 million civilian noninstitutional persons 16 years old and over had a mobility or self-care limitation. Data from the March 1992 Current Population Survey, published in Poverty in the United States: 1991, Series P-60, No. 181, show 14.9 million persons 16 to 64 years with a work disability, 8.4 million of whom were classified as having a severe work disability. Disability data from the 1984 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation were published in Disability, Functional Limitation, and Health Insurance Coverage: 1984/85, Series P-70, No. 8. A set of questions in that survey asked about any difficulty performing nine activities (seeing, hearing, speaking, lifting and carrying, walking, using stairs, getting around outside, getting around inside, and getting into and out of bed). The number of persons 15 years old and over who had difficulty with one or more of these activities was 37.3 million.

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Andrew Gianni (agianni@acsu.buffalo.edu)