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Disabled in U.S.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, July 2002:

Children between the ages of 5 and 20 account for 5.2 million disabilities.

30.6 million of the disabled are between the ages of 21 and 64; of those, 57 percent are not employed.

14 million people 65 and older are disabled.

Among people 15 and older in 1997, 25 million had difficulty walking a quarter mile or climbing 10 stairs or they used an aid for ambulation, such as a wheelchair, cane, crutches or a walker.

About 18 million had difficulty lifting or carrying a 10-pound bag of groceries or grasping small objects.

About 8 million had difficulty hearing a normal conversation with another person (even when wearing hearing aids).

About 7.7 million had trouble seeing the words and letters in ordinary newspaper print, even with glasses.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2002 reported that:

Worldwide, 859 million people have a disability.

Disabled Americans, at close to 54 million strong by its count, are the single largest minority group in the country.

The annual discretionary income of Americans with disabilities exceeds $175 billion.

Only 78 percent of people with disabilities need accommodations at work, while another 7 percent require no-cost accommodations.

73 percent of companies report no cost increases attributable to extending health, life and/or disability coverage to employees or dependents with disabilities.

Performance by workers with disabilities is equal to or better than non-disabled peers. Employees with disabilities have a 90 percent above-average performance, with safety attendance records that were far above the norm, as well.