Find It: Disability

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Did you know that nearly one in five people - 56.7 million - in the U.S. has a disability? People with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to report having poorer overall health, less access to adequate health care and more engagement in risky behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity.

In 2012, an estimated 12.1% (plus or minus 0.05 percentage points) of non-institutionalized, male or female, all ages, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States reported a disability. In other words, 37,627,800 out of 309,936,400 non-institutionalized, male or female, all ages, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States reported a disability.

Here are some resources to help you or a loved one find resources and support:


Health & Wellness Resource Center Health & Wellness Resource Center
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  • Americans With Disabilities Act
    Learn about this piece of civil rights legislation, signed in 1990, that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.
    The federal government’s portal site for information on programs and services nationwide.
  • Department of Labor Disability Resources
    The Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
    This site can help people apply for Social Security benefits and, after signing up, find out how to maintain those benefits.
  • Learning Disabilities of America
    A listing of websites and publications that will guide you to information on LD/ADHD, teaching, professionals in the field, disability rights and advocacy, and government agencies and resource centers.
  • United States Access Board
    This organization promotes equal access for people with disabilities in transportation, housing and more.
  • Administration on Disabilities
    The Administration on Disabilities works with states, communities, and partners in the disability networks to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration of individuals with disabilities.

Recommended Web Resources

  • Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living
    This fact sheet from AARP explains home modifications and how they can increase accessibility and safety for older adults so they can stay in their homes. Similar info here.
  • Disability Accommodation Cost Guide
    This guide helps people figure out how much it will cost to modify their home, including ramps/doorways, kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Home Safety for People with Disabilities
    These tips provide people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards. The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
  • Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
    People with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. In addition, some disabilities may prevent them from taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend or relative.
  • Equal Access to Transportation
    This Dept. of Transportation guide connects you to programs, services, government agencies and organizations that can help you find the transportation resources you need.
  • Rights for Those With Hearing Loss
    Here you will find information and updates about federal law that impacts people with hearing loss and the agencies that regulate those laws.
  • Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
    Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Aerobic physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases, yet nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no leisure time aerobic physical activity.
  • Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips
    Regular physical activity is good for everyone's health, including people with disabilities. Here are a few brief tips to help.
  • Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
    Due to financial constraints, it is essential for people with disabilities to have the personal finance skills that will help them manage their money so that they can live fulfilling lives.
  • Employees' Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations
    Job Accommodation Network’s summary of some of the most frequent issues that employees have regarding accommodations and the ADA and JAN's practical ideas for resolving them

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