The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010 Census edition of Americans with Disabilities as part of their ongoing Household Economic Studies summaries of data from the 2010 Census. The report details the population breakdowns of Americans with disabilities by a variety of different demographics and discusses the difficulties in assessing the data due to varying definitions and conceptions of disability. The report highlights several factors including disability prevalence, specific measurements of disability, economic characteristics.
The report highlighted several key facts regarding the population of Americans with disabilities throughout the report, including the following:
- Approximately 56.7 million people living in the United States had some kind of disability in 2010 (Table 1). This accounted for 18.7 percent of the 303.9 million people in the civilian noninstitutionalized population that year.
- Of the 62.2 million children under the age of 15, about 5.2 million or 8.4 percent had some kind of disability;
- Half of children with a disability were classified with severe disabilities (2.6 million children). Among the youngest —those less than 3 years old.
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