October is Disability Awareness Month
Join us in promoting ACCEPTANCE for people of all abilities
Did You Know?
51.2 million people, or 18 percent of the population in the United States, have some level of disability.
Annually, more than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect.*
11 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 14 have a disability. This amounts to 4 million children.
5.4 million children ages 3 to 21 with disabilities are served under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Chapter 1 - State Operated Programs, and the Individuals with Disabilities Act.**
Nearly 40 percent of children ages 6 to 21 with a disability receive special education services in a setting with their typical peers.**
10.7 million people over the age of 6 need personal assistance with one or more activities of daily living.
2.7 million people over the age of 15 use a wheelchair; another 9.1 million use an ambulatory aid such as a cane, crutches or a walker.
11.8 million people between the ages of 16 and 64 have reported the presence of a medical condition that makes it difficult to find a job or remain employed.
44 percent of people with a non-severe disability work full-time, year-round. That compares to 53 percent without a disability and 13 percent with a severe disability.
11 percent of people between the ages of 25 and 64 live in poverty. This compares to 26 percent for those with a severe disability and 8 percent for those without a disability.
23 percent of people with a non-severe disability and 28 percent of people with a severe disability live alone or with non-relatives.
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*Provided by the March of Dimes
**Provided by www.infouse.com
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CARE for Children www.careforchildren.info 814-362-4621
Evergreen Elm www.evergreenelm.org 814-362-2787
Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc. www.futuresinc.net 814-368-4101