Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Friday is the Americans With Disabilities Act Twenty-Third Anniversary

On July 26th we will be celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. The Census Bureau estimates that there were 56.7 million people with a disability living in the United States in 2010. They represented 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Disabilities include, for instance, having difficulty seeing, hearing, having speech understood, walking, bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, going outside the home, or doing housework, having Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, cerebral palsy, or dyslexia, and being frequently depressed or anxious.

Previously I have posted data about our region disabled population but that was based on Census 2000 data. Since the 2000 Census, the Census Bureau revamped it's survey questions on disabilities and as a result newer data is not really all that available yet. there is some data, which appears below from the 2011 three Year Estimates of the American Communities Survey (ACS), but it does contain empty cells (denoted by "X-es"). Still, it is better probably then relying on 13 year old data if you're looking for something newer!

With that in mind, here is the most up-to-date data on our region disabled population from the Census Bureau.

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