From U.S. Census Bureau News, U.S. Department of Commerce
CB09-FF.13 May 26, 2009
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
15 percent of females have with a disability, compared with 14 percent of males. Source: 2007 American Community Survey
46 percent of people 21 to 64 having some type of disability who were employed in the past year. The rate ranged from 75 percent of those with a nonsevere disability to 31 percent with a severe disability. For those without a disability, the employment rate is 84 percent for the same period.
59 percent of people 21 to 64 with difficulty hearing that were employed.
41 percent of people 21 to 64 with difficulty seeing that were employed.
48 percent of people 21 to 64 with a nonsevere disability who work full time. This compares with 63 percent without a disability and 16 percent with a severe disability.
$2,250 - Median monthly earnings for people 21 to 64 with a nonsevere disability. This compares with $2,539 for those with no disability and $1,458 for those with a severe disability.
$2,252 - Median monthly earnings for people 21 to 64 with difficulty hearing.
$1,932 - Median monthly earnings for people 21 to 64 with difficulty seeing.
12 percent is the poverty rate for people 25 to 64 with a nonsevere disability. This compares with 27 percent for those with a severe disability and 9 percent of those without a disability.
$28.2 billion - The amount of compensation veterans received for service-connected disabilities in fiscal year 2007. Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009, Table 505 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/.
98.5 percent of transit buses that were ADA lift- or ramp-equipped, as of 2006. This represents an increase from 61.7 percent in 1995. Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009, Table 1075 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab.
Unless otherwise indicated, all the data are from the Americans with Disabilities: 2005 report at http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/013041.html. [Note: this page has since been moved; try: http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p70-117.pdf]
Census Bureau Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Thanks to John Hudson and the Northern Virginia Resource Center, Fairfax, Virginia, May 2009.