THE NUMBERS BEHIND DISABILITY
The U.S Census Bureau reported an estimated 48.9 million people with a disability. An estimated 24.1 million people have a severe disability and 34.2 million people have a disability that causes a functional limitation. In 2014, the number of youth ages 3-21 receiving special education services reached a 6.5 million high, or about 13 percent of all public school students. Among the students receiving special education services, 35 percent had specific learning disabilities.
There are 5.6 million students ages 6-21 who receive special edcucation services in the U.S.
Children with disabilities cost public schools 2-3X more than those without disabilities and mental disorders in children have risen 35 FOLD in two decades. University education attainment is only at 12% with a 34% graduation rate leaving 88% with a high school or lower education.
Only 15.2% of people with a disability in the United States are employed.
With 37 million disabled persons at working age and so few employed, this is one of the largest unemployed groups in the United States.
As one of the lowest employed groups in the United States, there is an estimated 5.3 million disabled people living below poverty. According to the disability compendium, the poverty percentage gap among people with and without disabilities ages 18-64 could reach as high as 27%.