The United States Census Bureau reported on August 6, 2007 that during the year 2002, around 18 percent of the American people claim of having a disability. On the other hand, about 12 percent have severe or serious disability.
Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/04/2007 -- Upon their agency's release of the said report, Director Louis Kincannon of the Census Bureau stated that such would be helpful for the planning and decision-making of agencies involved in persons with disabilities.
Kincannon said that the persons with disabilities are important sectors in our society and their report's "demographic snapshots" may be essential in the assessment of their needs.
The report was entitled Americans with Disabilities: 2002. It was accumulated from reports of the Survey of Income and Program Participation. From this survey, it was ascertained that around 51.2 million American people claimed of having a disability. Meanwhile, 32.5 million of this number has severe disability.
This number of persons with disability was divided into age groups of 21 to 64 years old and 25 to 64 years old.
Of the people ages 21 to 64 with disability, 56 percent have been employed at least a year before the survey interviews were conducted on them.
However, those with the status of severe disability had the lowest employment rate. Those with not too serious disabilities have 82% employment rate.
Of the 25 to 64 years old age bracket, 32 percent of them have disability but not too severed, 22 percent of those with severe disability received a college degree.
The report also generated other findings:
- Increased or greater likelihood of having Medicaid or Medicare coverage for those with serious disability
- Description of health status between fair or poor
- Receipt of assistance from public and charity organizations
- Receiving household income lower than $20, 000 annually
The Bureau of Census report defined the person with disability to have difficulty in performing certain activities that involve being able to see or hear, taking a bath or accomplishing light household tasks. They may also be persons with particular conditions like autism or Alzheimer's disease.
On the other hand, the report defines those with severe or serious disability to be wholly incapable of performing these activities and tasks without personal assistance. They may also be those with serious health conditions.
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