Conditions and Impairments Among the Working Age Population with Disabilities

01/01/1995

Most adults with disabilities are in their working (not their elderly) years. According to the 1990 Survey of Income and Program Participation, among the civilian non-institutionalized population, 20,266,000 adults in their working years (18-64) and 15,413,000 elderly persons (65+) reported a disability. Disability rates were lower for the working-age (13.7%) than for the elderly (49%), but the enormous size of the World War II "baby boom" resulted in large numbers of people aged 18-64 with disabilities. Written as part of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association. (22 PDF pages)

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