Disability Statistics for Young Adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some common disabilities among adults include arthritis or rheumatism, back or spine problems, and heart trouble. Women had a significantly higher prevalence of disability than men (24.4 percent versus 19.1 percent).
For both sexes, the prevalence of disability doubled in successive age groups (18 to 44 years, 11 percent; 45 to 64 years, 23.9 percent; and 65 and over, 51.8 percent).
A 2011 study done by the National Center for Special Education Research found that among young adults with disabilities:
- 55 percent continued on to postsecondary school after high school
- 71 percent had a paid job other than work around the house
- 85 percent were productively engaged in the community through either employment, postsecondary education or job training after leaving high school
- 36 percent were living independently, either alone or with a spouse, partner or roommate
- 60 percent had a checking account
- 45 percent had a credit card in their own name
Written By: Kristin Reese,
public health education intern
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013
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Prevalence and Most Common Causes of Disability Among Adults, MMWR.
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