How common are disabilities

One of the most common questions we hear is usually “But, how many people have this…?” Many times it comes from people who are being informed about accessibility shortcomings. Yet many people asking the question have a disability and believe they are alone or only a few others share their concerns. So lets use some data to paint a picture.

How Common Are Specific Disabilities by Age?[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Sadly the graphic is not accessible! Imagine that a government publication about disabilities that is difficult for some people with disabilities to use. So lets take the time and unpack the graphic and present the data.

The graphics is useful in that it highlights that disability increases as we age, with 30% of women and 20% of men having a disability that impacts their ability to live independently.