ERIC Number: ED425564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Work and Home: Data from the National Health Interview Survey on Disability. Research/Practice.
Gilmore, Dana Scott; Butterworth, John
This issue brief provides a national profile of individuals with developmental disabilities based on the National Health Interview Survey on Disability, Phase 1. This in-depth survey of 107,400 individuals uses a complex sampling strategy which is designed to provide national incidence estimates for each survey item. Data are reported which were made available in July of 1996. Findings indicate: (1) .1 percent has cerebral palsy, .29 percent has epilepsy, and 38.26 percent has other chronic conditions; (2) almost 90 percent of respondents with mental retardation reported living with a relative, much higher than other groups; (3) on average, 29 percent of people with disabilities reported work as their major life activity, as compared to 62 percent of the entire population; (4) the percent of respondents who worked was consistent across the disability groups at approximately 29 percent, with 67 percent identifying themselves as not in the labor force; (5) 77.8 percent of those working in all disability groups worked for private companies, and 15 percent worked for government bodies; and (6) respondents with mental retardation had the highest percentage of any group with a household income below the poverty threshold. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Epilepsy, Incidence, Income, Labor Force, Mental Retardation, National Surveys, Private Sector
Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP, Developmental Evaluation Center, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115; Tel: 617-355-6506; TTY: 617-355-6956; Web site: http://www.childrenshospital.org/ici
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.