ERIC Number: ED410696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Disability Rates in the United States, 1970-1994. Disability Statistics Abstract, Number 17.
Kaye, H. Stephen; LaPlante, Mitchell P.; Carlson, Dawn; Wenger, Barbara L.
This abstract summarizes trends in disability rates from 1970-1994 data obtained in the National Health Interview Survey. Trends indicate a gradual rise in the prevalence of disability due to demographic shifts associated with an aging population, as well as a rapid increase that has taken place during the past several years due to a greater number of children and young adults reported as having disabilities. Age-specific disability trends and the proportion of the United States population with work disabilities are discussed. The proportion of the population that needs personal assistance is also assessed and indicates that among the working-age population (ages 18-64) the personal assistance rate rose from around 2 percent during the 1980s to 2.7 percent in 1993. Among youth ages 5-17, the rate rose from 0.3 percent in 1990 to 0.5 percent in 1994. Graphs illustrate activity limitation by age and gender, the population with work disability, and the population that needs personal assistance. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.