Did You Know?

  • Disabilities affect 1 in every 5 people living in the United States. (2000 Census)
  • If you're under age 35, chances are 1 in 3 that you will have a disability for at least 6 months during the course of your career. (protectyourincome.com)
  • 43% of all people aged 40 will have a long-term (lasting 90 days or more) disability event by age 65 (Insurance Information Institute)
  • 9.3 million (3.6%) of the U.S. population has a sensory disability involving sight or hearing. (2000 Census)
  • 21.2 million (8.2%) of the U.S. population has a condition limiting basic physical activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying. (2000 Census)
  • 12.4 million (4.8%) of the U.S. population has a physical, mental, or emotional condition causing difficulty in learning, remembering, or concentrating. (2000 Census)
  • Only 28.7% of non-institutionalized U.S. citizens with a disability are employed, compared to 70.8% of people without a disability. (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • In 2008, 12.1% of non-institutionalized U.S. citizens had a disability. (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • West Virginia has the highest prevalence rate of people living with a disability (19%), while Utah has the lowest (8.9%). (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • In 2008, of non-institutionalized individuals aged 18 to 64 years:
    • 2.2 percent had a hearing disability.
    • 1.8 percent had a vision disability
    • 4.1 percent had a cognitive disability
    • 5.1 percent had an ambulatory disability
    (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • Of the 23,586,973 non-institutionalized individuals in the U.S. with disabilities. ages 16 to 64 years, 24.9% live in poverty, compared to only 10% of individuals without a disability. (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • Earnings of people with disabilities are 64.7% of the earnings of people without disabilities. (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • Of people with disabilities aged 18 to 34 years old, 28.1% have less than a high school diploma. (2009 Disability Compendium)
  • An estimated 937,000 people in Missouri have a disability, or 17.9% of the population age 5 and over. (2005 American Community Survey)
  • An estimated 166,000 people in Missouri, or 3.2% of the population age 5 and over, have difficulty performing self-care activities, also known as Activities of Daily Living, such as dressing, bathing, or getting around inside the home. (2005 American Community Survey)

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Missouri History Museum exhibition

Americans with Disabilities Act: 20 Years Later.
June 26, 2010
to Jan 8, 2012

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