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:

Library Database

Health & Wellness Resource Center Health & Wellness Resource Center
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials, including health/medical journals, pamphlets, and health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc.

 

Local/State

National

  • 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.
  • Disability.gov
    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 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    AIDD is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.

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